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TLC Radio Interview on the Homeless

Today I want to share with you a heart wrenching story that has become National News and took place in my very own community.  It’s a story that effects each of us on a daily bases and yet goes unnoticed by most of us. But let me set the stage by sharing a scripture from Isaiah 58:7:

“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from others?”

He was an American, a veteran, and a human being. His name was John Berry, he had a long white beard and ended most conversation with God bless you. Friends said he loved the stars and carried a well-thumbed Audubon guide, as well as a Bible in his nap sack.. John enjoyed identifying birds and loved visiting nearby waterways, his friend Bill said “One day he pointed out a duck and said, ‘That’s a cinnamon teal.’ ”

I often saw John at my local Starbucks where they gave him coffee and samples to hold him over till his next meal. I would engage in small talk as I waited to begin my coaching sessions with clients. With a serial killer targeting homeless men, friends would warn John to be careful and think about seeking shelter for the night. John would reply I’m safer on my own than in a shelter.

A women from the area, reported that she saw John and that HE told her he thought somebody was stalking him from the trees along the riverbed. She said she planned to buy him a prepaid cell phone but never got the chance.  At first, John said he wasn’t worried. But later He was interviewed by a LA Times along the Santa Ana River bed where he lived under a tarp, and said that he thought someone was following him. John even filed a police report the day before he died, saying he feared he was being stalked, but unfortunately officers didn’t have a chance to follow up on his report.

John Berry died Friday January 13, 2012 at approximately 8:30 pm.


Life Coach Tammy’s One-Minute Tip

1) Be aware of the needs around you! Don’t be so busy and unaware that you miss the opportunity to touch a life, and be blessed in return. Hen 13:2

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

 2) Ask God for discernment on how to respond to the need in front of you. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.”

 3) Don’t judge their motive, that’s God’s job. Either respond to the need or pray for the person, but don’t find yourself Judging. Matthew 7:1 says “Do not Judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged.”


Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times

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