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What is Skid Row?
What is Skid Row?
Every major American city has a Skid Row. It’s the rundown area of the city filled cheap bars and dilapidated hotels. It is a street populated by drunks in filthy rags, drug addicts, ex-convicts, cheap wine, flop houses, the elderly, the mentally ill, the unemployed, and the lonely. They are all homeless and desperately hungry.
I came to the Mission here on Skid Row in 1949, when I was a student at Fred Jordan’s soul winning school, along with three other teenagers in a class of mostly adults. We came to the streets to share our faith, and to feed hungry people here at the Mission.
But sadly, through the years the faces of Skid Row changed, and now include women and children, as homeless has swept across the nation. Now the inner city is home to an ever-increasing number of women. Some are mothers with children, and some are prostitutes. Many are addicted to drugs or alcohol, or both. No one to love them, no one to provide for them and their children, and no one who cares whether they live or die. They all need Jesus, the Bread of Life for the soul, and they all need bread, the staff of life for the body.
You can bring your women’s Bible study group to love and serve lost, needy, hungry souls on these streets. Bring your youth group, your men’s group or your church leadership team to help us share the light of God’s love and forgiveness here in our Chapel services, and on the streets of Skid Row. Come for a weekday or a Saturday, or come for a week and stay in the dorms in our new Center for Evangelism and Outreach. Phone 1-800-56-HELP-0 or visit our website www.fjm.org for more information. Let Fred Jordan Mission be your inner city arm
for evangelism and outreach.
Summer is here. School is out and ‘there is no free lunch’ for hungry children. HELP STOP SUMMER HUNGER! Please give online, fjm.org. Or mail your gift to the Mission, PO Box 12345, Covina 91722. You can also donate by phone at 1-800-56-HELP-0.
Willie Jordan (Mrs. Fred Jordan)
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