What is it that breaks your heart?

Is it kids struggling to get the education they need to succeed in life?  Is it teen moms who are scared about what the future holds?  Perhaps it's the young men and women forced to sell their bodies for the profit of another or the elderly shut-ins whose families are no longer around?

What breaks your heart?

John Hasler's heart was broken by the men and women who slept outside or in temporary shelters because they had no place to call home.  And so John started leading a group called The Living Room.  The Living Room met on Wednesdays at 6 PM for dinner and a Bible study.

But this wasn't a once-a-week soup kitchen.  This was a place where those who had no home could come and find rest and respite and friendship.

And it wasn't limited to those who were homeless.  John sought to bring together those who had no home with those who did.  It was a place to foster relationships and understanding.

It was a place that brought people together to live out the Biblical principle that in Christ, race and gender and social status and economics are all secondary, that we are all one in Christ.

It was a place where people could learn to love those who were different than they themselves.

It was a place of hope and healing.

You can be like John.  You can bring together a group of like-minded people who want to make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting.  You don't have to be a pastor, a social worker, or a miracle worker.  All you need is compassion and a willingness to act.

Want to learn more?  Email Erica Sperrazzo at esperrazzo@eastside.com.