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Anawim Christian Community is a community church made up of the homeless and the mentally ill. Our main goal is to provide for people's needs (including the need to be a disciple of Jesus) where they are at. We don't feel that a person needs to be something different before they get the help they need. Our center is in Gresham OR, which is where we lead and organize day shelters and a worship service. We also have a community house in N. Portland where housing is being provided for a few people and opportunities for community worship. We are connected to ministries in SE Portland and St. Johns, where we distribute food and clothing. And finally, through the internet, we educate people from almost every country in the world about homelessness, mental illness and the Christian response to each.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Website Gala!!

It’s time for a party!

Oh yeah! Play the soundtrack:

What kind of party? A website party!

Just look how excited April is!

We have officially opened up our glorious website to everyone!

It’s colorful!
It’s fun!
It’s got cool stories and art!


You may think that informative doesn’t equal fun. Obviously you haven’t turned on the soundtrack yet.

Go ahead, play it!

 Look around our website. Join the fun by registering. Get involved in some conversations. Complain about our spelling.

And most of all…

Steve always tells you what he thinks. Be like Steve.

(have you turned on the soundtrack yet? You’re missing out on the fun!)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

St. Johns

St. Johns is a section of Portland between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. It has been known in the past to be one of the poorest sections of Portland. While that isn't true anymore, it is an old neighborhood, with a solid community.

And, as most sections of Portland, it has a vibrant homeless community.

There is a smaller ratio of the homeless in St. Johns than elsewhere in Portland. Perhaps 30 to 40 people live on the streets there. At the same time there are almost no services for the homeless there. There is a church who comes once a week to bring sandwiches. But that's all.

Even as we began to help the homeless in East County when there was no one recognizing their existence, Anawim would like to reach out to the homeless in St. Johns. One couple in particular, Tim and Sam Childress has been called by God to serve the homeless there, in their neighborhood. They would like to go out one day a week, give sandwiches and water and socks to the homeless, to meet them, build relationships and to discover their unique needs. We don't know what will come of this, all we know is God's call. The possibilities of obedience to God's call are endless.
But to do this, we would appreciate some support. We have a couple sources for bread. But we would appreciate some corn chips, lunch meat, cheese, mustard/mayonaise packets. Also, if you are interested in helping us get some bottled water, we'd really appreciate it.

If you'd like to support this effort, please contact Sam Childress at: or Steve Kimes at:

Day Shelter Schedule

Anawim Christian Community:
(Reopening Mondays
starting May 7th 2012)
19626 NE. Glisan, Gresham
Mon 1-6pm

St. Henry’s Catholic Church:
346 NW 1st Ave,
Tues, 1-6:30pm

Anawim Christian Community:
19626 NE. Glisan, Gresham
Wed 1-8pm, Fri 2-5pm, Sat 11-3pm.

East Hill Foursquare Church:
701 Main, Gresham
Thurs 1-6pm

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What Does Anawim Need?

Ongoing donated needs for our ministry:
  • Athletic socks
  • Clothes—all sizes, all kinds, especially men’s clothes
  • Canned food, all kinds, especially meals in a can (beans, soup, meats, ravioli, chili, etc)
  • Toilet paper
  • Coffee, coffee creamer, sugar
  • Cup o Noodles, Ramen, sliced lunch meat, hot dogs, fresh fruit
  • Large quantities of meat, cheese, noodles, rice, spaghetti sauce, canned beans for meals
  • Shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant, feminine hygiene items for showers
  • Paper plates and cups for special meals
  • Art supplies for our free art studio

All above items can be dropped off at 19626 NE Glisan, Gresham on Tuesdays from 11 to 5pm, Wednesdays from 1 to 8pm and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. Or they can be dropped off by appointment at 3733 N Williams, Portland (call Steve at 503-888-4453)

Financial donations for rent, utilities and vehicle expenses

Financial donations for special projects:
  •   Paying for the homeless to obtain lost ID and birth certificates
  •   Providing paid labor for the homeless (we have the work, but not the cash!)
  •   Providing for supplies so the homeless can create and sell crafts
  •   Providing for tutoring at our free art studio
  •   Providing stipends for volunteers at our day shelters
Checks can be sent to 3733 N Williams, Portland, OR 97227 or  click on this link to pay online.
If you'd like to pay toward a special project, please indicate it with a note. 

Tax deductible receipts are available upon request.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Labor of Love

Artwork by Samantha Childress

At Anawim, we have been trying to provide work for the homeless. We forward on opportunities from those who live in the community who want to hire the homeless, both on one-time projects and in longer term employment. If we have the funds, we hire the homeless for a few hours at a time, so they can earn some money for basic needs. We also provide opportunities for volunteer work. A lot of volunteer work.

At Sanctuary we have three acres of land and three buildings to take care of. There are vegetable gardens and a meditation garden. There are many people to care for, bathrooms to clean and donations to sort. This is all done by our homeless or formerly homeless folks. This gives people self-worth and a sense of participating in both our local community and the community at large. Work is a key way to build community and to provide an opportunity to show gratitude for what they have received. In the end, we would love to hire the homeless for a number of projects. You know, like, for money. But what we have is good until the funds come in.

This month we want to introduce you to our regular volunteers!

Linda and Jimmy

Linda, a worker and grandmother, was on the street for five years. While on the street she was known as "Mom"  and tried to help the young people on the street. Now she helps run day shelters at Anawim and two other churches in Gresham.

Jimmy was one of the first participants in Anawim  more than ten years ago.  He was quite a scrapper and we had a lot of issues about him drinking right in front of the church.  Now he helps us out with stopping others from drinking or fighting on the property and at day shelters in other churches.


Diver has lived in our community house off and on for many years.  Not only does he make meals at the house, but he comes out every Tuesday to organize and clean and repair.

Pam and Jamie

Pam and Jamie both struggled with addiction for years. 
Now they are clean and sober and clean up the church twice a week.


Vickie struggled with instability issues and had people attacking her on a regular basis. Now she lives in the community house and washes all the Anawim clothes and towels - a monumental task!

Jeff and Yvan

Pastor Jeff has had various street ministries for more than 20 years. Now he ministers to various homeless folks all over the city.  We appreciate his stories, encouragement and gardening skills.
Yvan is quite, yet firm. She created and leads the Anawim Art Studio two days a week, where she teaches art and encourages people to worship through creativity.


Samantha at one point was in severe depression, and lost her housing. After living in the Anawim community house for a year, she and Tim live in their own house with their baby, Paloma, and Sam works as Anawim’s administrative assistant. (This newsletter was put together by her!)


Styxx helps us gather food and organize it for the rest of the week.


Mike lived in his truck and worked as a handyman/carpenter until his truck was stolen and all his tools.  Now he lives at the Anawim house and is always there to fix what is broken and to built what needs to be built.

Mark and Leanne

Probably the nicest couple you'll ever meet, Mark and Leanne started to come to the day shelters bringing basics of what the folks on the street needed.  Now they focus on volunteering at day shelters at Anawim and 1st Baptist.

New Book!!

Steve Kimes, our head pastor, has his first book published in the Kindle format. It is called Long Live the Riff Raff: Jesus' Social Revolution, and it can be purchased for 4 dollars from Amazon. If you don't have a Kindle, you can get the software for free for your computer and read it there. If you are a member of Amazon, you can borrow the book at no cost for the next 90 days. Find it here:

Prayer and Praise

Art by Yvan Strong

~Sanctuary is approved by the Gresham Fire Department to host overnight shelters under certain severe weather conditions. Praise God! We've been praying and working hard for this!

~We will be hosting meetings to teach skills for hosting the homeless in ones church in the next month, as well as a community meeting for those who live around our Gresham facility. Pray that we would be able to increase peace for the homeless.

~Pray for Anawim's financial situation which is reaching emergency levels.

~Pray for two couples who were able to get off the street, now it looks like they will lose their apartments. Pray that they will be able to work through what issues they have and stay off the street.

Anawim Benefit Show

Come enjoy an evening out with the family at Mississippi Pizza this Monday, April 23rd. Enjoy the music of Jimmy Pardo and Chris Birch.  All proceeds raised go to help our friends at the Anawim Day Shelter in Gresham.

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Reality Check

Hi, this is Pastor Steve.

You guys have helped us through another winter.  Thanks so much.  The number of donations have been staggering-- blankets, socks, hand warmers, sleeping bags, hygiene items, clothing, food and so much more.  You folks have helped our folks survive another winter, and because of that this is the first winter without any serious injuries to our homeless population.  Many people this winter got off the street permanently, as well.  This has been a good winter, over all.

However, our financial help has dropped from last winter, and this is a problem.  Because we have a center in Gresham now, which is a place for the homeless and many others to have a spiritual home, a place of peace and a warm place out of the cold.  But it is expensive.

And I wonder why the finances have dropped.  Some people, I know, have got other obligations, or have lost jobs or are going through hard times.  We understand.  We go through hard times, too.

But I wonder if people think that we don't need the money as much as we used to.  I just want to tell you, that isn't the case.

Let me give you a few facts:

Anawim has six staff people who volunteer their time.  Most of them have no salary coming in, and Anawim only gives financial help to one of them.  That one only receives about six thousand dollars a year for his and his family's expenses.  But we have staff that are going to lose their housing unless they get some income soon.  Beside our full and part time staff, we also have a group of more than a dozen volunteers who help us out one day a week or one day a month to help our broader community.

 That staff provides food for 400 people a month.  They provide clothing for a hundred people a week.  They provide pastoral counselling for hundreds.  They give the word of God.  They also send people to resources to help them in their need.  They give the homeless work, both paid and volunteer. They create a place of peace for those who have no peace.  They work hundreds of hours a week, mostly without pay.

Last year, we received approximately $25,000 total.  That's right.  For the amount of money that a single family would be considered to be in poverty, we have been able to help hundreds of the poor and we've got a regular staff that keeps us going.  I am amazed at the sacrifice and commitment of our people.

About half of that was given to rent for one property.  We spent another few thousand on another property, which we had to close.  Another few thousand went for food, to supplement the donations we received to feed those who come to us.  And the rest paid for our community house, and the salary for one staff person.  If you think about it, we make our money stretch pretty far.  We use everything we have to benefit others.

But we really need help, here.

Sure, we could use some more donations.  No question about that.  If anyone wants to help, we would sure appreciate it.  You can see that with such a low budget, every little bit that others can give really helps.  Maybe you are just looking because you appreciated what we post on Facebook or the blogs.  If you have been blessed, perhaps you can help us with just a little.  You can find out how to donate to us on our Support page, found here.

But we also really need some people to help us raise funds.  We've done fundraisers and sent letters and we discovered something: we aren't very good at it.  We write a mean newsletter, and produce a lot of hits on our blogs, but they don't bring in the finances we need to pay our rent, or to give our staff even a minimal amount of support.

If you could help us raise funds or know of someone who might be able to, please help us out.  We are open to wise counsel in the way of Jesus.  And we could use some help.

Finally, but not of least importance, please pray for us.  Pray for our finances.  Pray for our mental health-- really.  Pray that we would be able to overcome the obstacles we face, not only to help the homeless but to transform our broader community to be a place where the poor and not-so-poor help each other to help themselves.  To be a piece of the kingdom of God, growing right here in the Northwest.

Pastor Steve

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Story of Anawim... in the Bible

Some of you know that Pastor Steve took a three month break more than a year ago to write a book.  Many have wondered when it was going to be published, or if they could have a copy of it, or to just read it.  Steve has been pretty quiet about it, really.

Well, here is your opportunity!  Steve is publishing the book online!  He will be publishing it, a section at a time,  on this blog: Anawim: A Biblical Theology Told In Stories

It tells the story of the anawim in the Bible as well as parts of Steve's own story.  Keep in touch with it weekly!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mustard Seed Stories – Anawim

"One of the things we enjoy at Mustard Seed Associates is discovering the imaginative mustard seeds of hope and change being sown around the world. At the Justice Conference in Portland, OR this past week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Steve Kimes, Pastor of Anawim Christian Community – a community for the poor and unhoused in the greater Portland area........"

Full interview at this link:

How Your Church Can Help the Homeless

1. Find out: What other organizations are already helping the homeless? Look for them and find out what is already taking place in the area. Meet with them and ask them what needs to be done. If you can visit their program, talk with the homeless, and find out what they need in their area.

2. Determine what is the desire and resources of your congregation. Perhaps your congregation wants to partner with a group that is already working with the homeless. Perhaps they’d like to meet a need that isn’t already met. Pray about what the Spirit is leading your congregation to do.

3. Determine a balanced initial ministry. Homeless ministry must be balanced between efficiently meeting a need of the community and relating in love to those coming for services. Some good ministries a single congregations can do might be:
a. Serving a meal once a month or once a week
b. Opening up the church building to those in need of day shelter for five or six hours once a week
c. Providing sack lunches, socks, hygiene items, hand warmers, blankets, tarps or sleeping bags to organizations that serve the homeless, or taking such items out to the homeless.
d. Open up the church facility in the winter as an overnight shelter, especially on the worst nights

4. Educate your congregation about the homeless. Ask a minister to the homeless to give a "Homeless 101" about homeless culture and ministry.

5. At some point you will have to address the issue of liability and church conflict. Some people in the church will be nervous about having the homeless around the facility, and some might be vocally unhappy about having the homeless around at all. Make some fair boundaries (and make sure that everyone sticks to them) for the ministry, such as it occurs during certain times and no camping on church property (unless that’s one of the needs you are meeting). At the same time, we need to remember that all real ministry involves risk. The congregation will have to determine together what the balance of risk and boundaries they will take.

6. Once you have had some regular contact with the homeless, ask them what their needs are, no matter how small, no matter how big. It is important that our ministry to the homeless actually meet the needs of the homeless and not what we assume their needs are. As much as you are able, have the homeless participate in the ministry you are providing them. Give them volunteer opportunities, ask their opinion and give some leadership (but pick your leaders carefully).

7. Listen to the homeless who come to your church, and pray for their needs, both with them and away from them. For many of these folks you may be the only one praying for them, and God will act if we pray.

8. To meet the larger needs of the homeless, try to network with other churches in your community. Many churches are looking for an opportunity to help the homeless, and would love to participate with others. Come up with a plan and invite as many churches as possible to participate with you. Some successful ministries that local churches have networked together to do are:
a. A warehouse of food, sleeping gear, hygiene items and other items.
b. A day shelter every day of the week in different churches.
c. A winter overnight shelter, held in different churches, or in one location but the volunteers come from
different churches.
d. A meal for every day of the week.
e. A shelter specifically for women or families, providing opportunities for job searching.

9. Finally, we need to remember that all ministry is about love. We can serve and give and even sacrifice, but if we do not actually love those we are serving, then we have done nothing. Sacrifice your heart, as well as your time and finances and space.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Mommy, What's an Anawim?"

This is an excerpt from  ACC's book: Anawim: Being a Big 'Ol Scary Biblical Theology Told Kindly Through Stories.  If you'd like a free pdf copy of the book, please contact us at  Or you can see the book published in sections at Anawim: A Biblical Theology Told In Stories

Are you an “anawim”? Take this quiz to find out:

1. You win the lottery and get a million dollars—what would you do with it?
a. Take a trip around the world
b. Pay off what you owe to others and give the rest away to those who also have needs.
c. Invest in your future
d. Get a big house for your family and a few others you know.

2.Would you ever find yourself homeless?
a. I’d never let myself get in such a position
b. Too late! I’ve already been there!
c. I try my best not to find myself that way
d. Who knows where God would lead me?

3. How important is money in your life?
a. How could anyone live without money?
b. Money is a useful tool, but I don’t really need it
c. I need more of it! Now!
d. I wish I didn’t need it, but it’s essential

4. How do you feel about our society?
a. The world has never failed me
b. I wish God would take it away and create a new one
c. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best society anyone could ask for
d. It is deeply wrong, but it can be fixed

5. How much suffering have you experienced?
a. I know what I’m doing—I’ve always avoided suffering
b. I’d love to start my life over
c. God’s always blessed me, I’ve never experienced that much suffering
d. I’ve had rocky roads, but God has helped me survive.

6. In times of difficulty, how would you describe your relationship to God?
a. God isn’t involved in my life.
b. I cry out to God until He helps me out.
c. I don’t pray much, but I know God is there.
d. I see God as my comfort.

7. What is the most important support in your life?
a. My regular check
b. My relationship with God
c. My family
d. My church

Answers at the end of this post.

We invent words all the time. Every sub-culture has its own vocabulary that no one else
understands. Some sub-culture words enter into the mainstream, such as “dis” or
“dysfunctional” or “anti-disestablishmentarianism”, but most words remain obscure to all but a
small segment of the population. English has the capacity of a million words, but we will
typically only use 20,000 on any kind of regular basis. Why so many words? We do this because
we have concepts that we use frequently, and so we invent new words (or import words from
other languages) that communicate succinctly what we want to say. After all, why say “the study
of the end times” every time that subject comes up, when you could just say “eschatology”?
(Which begs the question as to why the Russian language has reserved one of their most
difficult-to-pronounce words for “hello”).

In Hebrew there was an idea that was frequently used in Scripture, and supposedly in
everyday life, so that a new vocabulary word had to be invented. The idea went something like
this—“You see, there are these people, but they’re poor—or, well, most of them are
economically poor, but not all of them. Well, actually, they are rejected by modern society,
outcasts… well, not always outcast, but they aren’t in the mainstream, and they are looked down
on. And sometimes they’re just sick. Or attacked. Anyway, it seems like nobody likes them.
But they are righteous—um, well, righteous in a way, anyway. As a group they seem to sin a
lot—but they repent! Of their sin, that is. I mean, they really regret it and they do what they can
to stop the sin. But they pray a lot. Not to be holy, because these people aren’t holier-thanthou—
uh uh, no way. No, they pray because they need to ask God some pretty big requests.
Like for their basic survival. And to be delivered from their enemies. And for justice. And
instead of scrambling around working on every plan to get them out of their troubles—like that
would help, anyway—they depend on God. Yeah, that’s who they are.” That’s a mouthful.

So who are these folks, exactly? Let’s get organized:

A. They are vulnerable
They are in a place that they are exposed to difficulties. Perhaps they are a part of a social group
that is vulnerable, or they have chosen to expose themselves to a hard life. Whatever the case,
difficulties often come their way because they are unable to fully protect themselves.

B. They are oppressed
Because they are open to difficulties, there are some people who will take advantage of them.
So, at one point or another, the anawim experience theft, hatred, rejection, and sometimes

C. They have experienced poverty
They don’t have to be poor, even as the long-suffering Job was actually wealthy. But it is more
likely that the anawim will be poor, and they certainly have experienced poverty at one point or
another in their lives. The anawim don’t have to have a low income, but it is likely that they
don’t have much in their accounts at any given point.

D. They have experienced the failure of worldly systems
They, because of their vulnerable position, find themselves in a place where the world cannot
help them. The world doesn’t set up its system of help for these kinds of folks, and if the world
does help a little, it is not enough to pull them out of their difficulty. The anawim has found that
they can’t depend on their governments, their families or their religious groups.

E. They depend on God
Because the world can’t (or won’t) help them, they have found that the only one who will be
there for them is God. And God has truly been there for them. They have still suffered deeply,
but God has helped them survive in surprising ways.

F. They live for God
Out of gratitude, they try their best to live for God. They may not look or act like saints all the
time, but they are doing their best to live a right life before God. And because they have
experienced oppression and poverty, they will try to never cause another to experience such
things, but do their best to be merciful.

In sum, these folks are the poor or outcast who depend on God for their deliverance.
“Deliverance” doesn’t mean some spiritual transformation, but it means that you’re in trouble
and you need to get out of it. So the Hebrews had this idea, and because they didn’t like the
option of saying “outcast who depend on the Lord for deliverance” every time they used the
concept, they shortened it. The word is anawim. (This word will no longer be italicized for
convenience’s sake. My convenience, that is.)

We’re going to be talking about them for a while, here. But you probably already got that idea.
The word is used a lot in the Hebrew Scriptures. The root of it is used some 116
verses. It is translated as “poor” or “needy” or “afflicted”. And when the New Testament (in
Greek) uses the words “poor” or “meek” or “humble” they are referring to this concept. Forms
of these Greek words are used in the Greek Bible (Old and New Testaments) in some 329
verses.24 Anyway, you get the idea. It’s a busy word. This is no small idea in the Bible.
On occasion you might hear about this idea. In English theology you might hear the
phrase “righteous poor” flitting about. But it is never covered as a major theme in theology. Nor
is it often mentioned by preachers, teachers, Bible Schools and their ilk. They’d rather talk about
the other major words of the Bible, such as “grace” (277 verses OT and NT use that word),
“predestination” (6 verses), or, “Trinity” (0 verses). But Jesus used this concept quite frequently.
It was very important for his theology.

Let’s see the answers to the quiz!

If most of your answers are “a”:
You aren’t one of the Anawim at all. You are self-reliant, and it’s pretty much worked out for
you. However, God’s word warns that you will be heading for a fall—get ready for it!

If most of your answers are “b”:
You are Anawim! You have suffered much in your life and looked to God for help. Perhaps
sometimes He helped you, and sometimes He didn’t do as much as you wanted—But God’s
promise is that you will have another chance at life to make up for this sucky one!

If most of your answers are “c”:
You aren’t really anawim. You’ve had some difficulties in your life, perhaps, but not enough that
you’ve really had to desperately seek God. Again, difficulties will come—get your relationship
with God in a place that will prepare you for that coming trial!

If most of your answers are “d”:
You are really close to being anawim. You’ve had some difficulties, and you want to do what is
right before God. But God alone—not the church, not your job, not your family—is the answer
to the problems in your life. Depend only on Him and He will deliver you in times of trouble.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

All We Need Is Love

"All we need is love";
"What the world needs now is love sweet love"; 
"Love is all around"...
 Certainly love is a big topic, especially around Valentines Day.  So many hearts, so much red and pink...  for unromantic guys like me it makes me vomit chalky little hearts that say "be mine".

Mind you, I'm not against romance, real romance.  It's wonderful.  But so many people talk about love but don't know the first thing about it.

I think Foreigner and the Black Eyed Peas got it right (for once): "I want to know what love is", "what is love?"  That's the real questions we should all be asking ourselves.   I wrote an article just asking questions just trying to figure out what love is..   It's not easy.  Such a simple, short word, yet it's so hard to understand.

And Paul just made it more difficult by saying the things we might see as really showing love-- giving our possessions to the poor, or sacrificing our bodies for the Lord-- may not be acts of love at all.  We know love is an attitude, but it also must have right action.  

Lord, I want to know what love is.  And I need YOU to show me.  Because the rest of us are still trying to figure it out. 

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 
Leviticus 19:23

How Your Church Can Love The Homeless

Not every church can help the homeless to the degree that Anawim does. Every church has their own ministries that the Lord has called them to. But every church can take on a small aspect of ministry to the very poor among us.  For many of our churches, this will mean doing some work for the homeless.  But most churches are at a loss-- how can we appropriately help those in need?  Here's some ideas that other churches have tried and found successful:

-Have a collection drive in your church and give them to a local homeless ministry-- or hand them out yourselves!.  Socks are wonderful, but also blankets, sleeping bags, hand warmers, or breakfast bars.

-Make lunches with socks, hand warmers and scriptures and hand them out to the local homeless.

-Provide a "Christmas in Spring"-- a special meal for the poor and homeless in the 
community NOT at the time that traditional meals are held.

-Ask your church to have a line in their budget to support a local homeless ministry.

-Ask a local homeless ministry if they could use some volunteers once a month to help out.

-Provide a meal for the poor once a month or once a week for the poor in your area (make sure it isn't at the same time as other ministries providing meals in your area).

-Open your facility to the homeless to have a place to rest or to get out of the community once a week, for four to six hours.  This is a great way to get to know your local homeless!

Most of all, whatever you do, give with love, not grudgingly!  What does love look like?  It means you meet the needy with joy, you provide peace to your neighbor, you are patient with other's failings, you are kind to needy, you perform what is good to all, you speak with gentleness, and you remain in control no matter what chaos surrounds us.  Grant this to the homeless, and you have given a gift unspeakable.

"If I give all my possessions to the poor and give my body to be burned but have no love, I obtain no benefit." 
I Corinthians 13:3

Love Links

"If you love those who love you, what reward should you get for that?  Even the worst people love those who love them."
Luke 6:32

What is love?  Questions we should ask ourselves: 

How do we love our neighbors and our enemies?

Video: How our churches can love the homeless:

Back by popular love: More Anawim art:

The Onion loves the homeless:,10260/

Prayer and Praise

We love you, Lord!
  • We give Jesus all worship, we give him our obedience, we give him our trust!
  • Thank God for giving two of the Anawim folks trailers to live in,  Please pray that they can get places to park them with reasonable rent.
  • Thank God for three of the Anawim homeless folks deciding to remain clean and sober.  Pray that God can keep them on track.
  • Thank God for giving enough sleeping bags, tents, socks, hand warmers and more to keep our folks warm on cold nights without shelter.
  • Thank God for the shelters being open during the recent snowstorm.
  • Thank God for the City of Gresham being willing to compromise with Anawim to allow the building to be open during the coldest weather.
  • Thank God that Anawim received a couple more regular donors.  Pray that we get more- we still are unable to meet our regular costs!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why is Rockwood the Poorest Community In the County?

Below is a portion of an article from the Oregonian that discusses how Rockwood became the poorest community in the Multnomah County:

Jean DeMaster has run Human Solutions, a nonprofit social services agency, since 1988 in east county. She said the population shift occurred in four surges. The first began with the renovation of the public housing project Columbia Villa, which forced many residents to find cheap housing out east. More came as Alberta and other inner Northeast neighborhoods such as Boise, Eliot and King gentrified, and another rush came with the Interstate MAX. Rental homes were sold, rents driven up, and many low-income renters couldn’t find anything affordable within the inner city. The recession drove the fourth wave.

“We’re seeing a much higher demand for services than we’ve seen before,” DeMaster said. “But there aren’t enough services for low-income people, and we are getting pushback from people in the community who say we’ve been here a long time and we need help and it’s not fair that the new people are moving in.”

Last month, 900 people came to Human Solutions seeking emergency money to avoid eviction. The agency had 40 vouchers to divvy up.

Every type of service is stretched, DeMaster said: homeless services, rental assistance, youth gang prevention, alcohol and drug treatment.

But the greatest need, she says, is for health care. Many people she sees have lost jobs because they got sick and were unable to get care. That wreaks havoc on every part of their lives: their health, their ability to keep a roof over their family and their ability to support themselves.

To read the whole article, click this link: 

Overnight Shelter Volunteer Training LAST CHANCE!

This week there is training for those wanting to assist in overnight warming shelters.  

This training is led by the City of Gresham, and it is preparation for warming centers held at Anawim Christian Community, First Baptist of Gresham and St, Henry's Catholic Church.  These shelters are church led and staffed by volunteers from local churches.  

The last opportunity of training for this winter is Thursday, January 26 from 6 to 8:30pm.  It will be held at Anawim, 19626 NE Glisan, Gresham. 

 If you have any further questions, please contact Steve Kimes at 503-888-4453

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Mona's Christmas

Ramona has meant so much to Anawim.  She's always there to give us a cherry smile and an encouraging word.  This last Christmas Eve, Mona came to Anawim and offered socks and gloves to all, some special Christmas food and best of all.... a raffle!

We love raffles at Anawim.

Thanks Mona and Jerome, for always being there, for helping out and for loving us all.

The Broken Are Chosen

Mercy liked this ornament because it was broken and so was interesting.  God also chooses the broken to do His work.

Christmas at Anawim

Thanks to the Good News Community Health Center for the Christmas tree, lights and ornaments.

Oh, and for the socks, hand warmers, sleeping bag liners, hats, gloves, Christmas music, wonderful meal... and especially for 35 25-DEGREE SLEEPING BAGS!  Our folks will be warm this winter!

And another special thank you to the vets that came to our facility to give all the dogs and cats there shots and a check up.  That was so wonderful!

Want to know more about the Good News Community Health Center?  Look at this!

Playing Rock

Paloma and Alice playing "ball" with a rock.   Alice likes rocks.  No one knows why. Obviously Paloma is mystified, too.

Thank You Art

"Thump" woke up in the middle of the night in his tent and was inspired to make this with what he had around him.  He had dumpster dived all the materials.  Then he gave it to Anawim for all the help he'd gotten there.

And thank you to Trinity Lutheran who had a giving tree for Anawim and so delivered so many hats and socks and gloves and more.  Thank you guys so much!

Anawim Banner

Hanging in the fellowship hall of Sanctuary.  Each of the circles and the small images are handmade cloth. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What Anawim Community Means To Me 2

Has someone shown you kindness when you needed it most? 

With Anawim here even at the first Steve and his family has helped me get off the streets, off the heroin and drinking for at least 2 1/2 years and I don't want Diane to be left out she helped just with our talks and her love not sure I would have made it when Mom passed without you guys. Love you! 


Pam and Jamie is part of Anawim's crew, cleaning up the church after our big messes a couple times a week.

What Anawim Means To Me

Response to a survey about Anawim:

What has Anawim Community meant to you?

Anawim Ministry has been an important part of my recovery.  
I was given shelter when I had nowhere to go.
Food when I was hungry.
Clothes to wear because I couldn't afford laundry money or I when I went to jail and came out to nothing. 
A shout out to the people who donate gloves, knit hats, and cook food. 
Diane for having the patience to listen. 
The Kimes for opening your home to people in need. 
Linda and Jimmy for everything you do for Anawim.
Mike for doing the dishes and never complaining. 
Fellowship with like minded people.

~ Pamela M.

Pam helps out Anawim with cleaning our church a couple times a week.

Anawim's going to the Dogs

Francis and Forest are Anawim dogs.  No, we don't serve dog food to our normal guests. 


Fish?  What's the deal about fish?

This is from a card that came from Radiant church.

Thinking of You

A nice note from Radiant church. 

Every Perfect Gift

From one of the kids of Radiant church who gave us socks and hats and gloves.