Welcome To “30 Days And 30 Ways”

Welcome to “30 Days And 30 Ways Of Doing Good.” So, what is “30 Days And 30 Ways Of Doing Good”? It’s actually several things.           A Book. “30 Days And 30 Ways” is a book of daily articles and thoughts about making our community a better place by solving problems, meeting needs, and serving others. The book’s subtitle sums it up this way: “Your 30 Day Guide To Issues, Answers And Serving Others.” The simple goal of the book is to “educate, motivate and inspire” you to …

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What Would “Homeless Jesus” Need?

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” – John Wesley “We cannot change what we do not love; we cannot love what we do not know; and we cannot know what we are unwilling to invest with our time, our effort and our resources.” – Maurice Smith   What Would “Homeless Jesus” Need? It first appeared in …

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Real People, Real Needs

Listed on this page below are actual requests for help recently posted (early 2018) on the list-serve of the Spokane Homeless Coalition by case managers working to help people who came to their agencies for assistance. Each posted request appears as it originally appeared, edited only to remove identifying information (to protect privacy). The needs listed here were very real at the time they were posted. We are listing them now in order to ILLUSTRATE the kinds of practical needs and practical service opportunities which arise on a regular basis. In …

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Where Have All The Fathers Gone?

Where Have All The Fathers Gone? By Ron Hauenstein I’ll call him Lance, although that isn’t his real name. Lance is a young man I know who recently celebrated his 18th birthday. He grew up with little contact with his biological father, who is now dead. Lance was raised by a single mom. He has also attended public schools where the vast majority of the teachers and staff are female. This poses a practical and critical question: Where does Lance go to find a healthy male role model? Where does Lance …

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The Night They Shot Aaron

The Night They Shot Aaron By Maurice Smith (Editor’s Note: I originally wrote this article following the shooting of Aaron D. Johnson in 2016 outside the West Wynn Motel in Spokane. His was the second of two shootings (the other being Michael Kurtz, shot outside the House of Charity) involving mentally challenged and homeless individuals in Spokane. I share it because the interaction of homeless/mentally challenged individuals with local law enforcement is an issue with both local and larger implications. For an excellent personal/professional perspective on this issue, see Day 18 …

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“There, But For The Grace of God”

“There, But For The Grace of God” By Patty Severud Perhaps you remember Nathaniel Hawthorn’s classic book, The Scarlet Letter, from your high school or college American Literature class. Life with HIV/AIDS often resembles the tormented life of Hester Prynne, the main character in the story, who was forced to wear a scarlet letter “A” to remind everyone in her village that she was an adulteress. Like Hester and her adultery, people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS often face a life of shame, sickness, and pain because HIV/AIDS remains a highly stigmatized disease. …

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Make Disciples (By Serving Others)

Make Disciples (By Serving Others) By Maurice Smith Three Basic Commands As Christians, we live out our lives in this world under three basic commands which Jesus gave to His disciples (and anyone who would listen): 1) Love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, 2) Love our neighbor as ourselves, and 3) Make disciples (See Matthew 22:36-40; 28:19). The first command has to do with worship and the cultivation of our “vertical” relationship with God, our “first love.” The second command has to do with serving others. …

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Embracing The “Magnificent Obsession”

Embracing The “Magnificent Obsession” By Maurice Smith It’s About More Than Just Paying It Forward The concept of doing good and “paying it forward” is not new. No, not even in the 2000 movie starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment. And therein lies a story worth telling. Perhaps you remember the name, Lloyd C. Douglas. If not, allow me to fill in the blank spaces. Lloyd Douglas (August 27, 1877 – February 13, 1951) was a Lutheran pastor who became one of the most popular American authors of …

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Befriend Someone In Need

Befriend Someone In Need By Blanca Ayre Our relationship with Jim began in a parking lot. And that’s where this story begins, too. A couple of years ago, my husband was filling the soda machine that sits in front of our business. It was late in the evening when he pulled up and noticed a man sitting in his car in our parking lot. It quickly became apparent that this man was living in his car. It was filled with all his belongings. My husband approached him and asked if he …

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