The streets have no name but home

I heard many nuggets of wisdom from the Rev. Lorenza Andrade-Smith during our conversation about her ministry with people living in the streets. For example, the term “homeless” isn’t really accurate.

Andrade-Smith said that a woman in New York City taught her this lesson.“God created the world, remember your home is with God,” the woman told her. “You’re not homeless, you live on the streets.”

For more on Rev. Lorenza Andradre Smith, check out this story from the United Methodist Reporter and this story from UMNS, written last summer.

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