Over a year ago, I visited a Youth with a Mission (YWAM) center in Herrnhut, Germany. It changed my life in many ways. The creative excellence coming from this place is astounding—Not just in its artistic expression but how they were using their talents for the glory of God in wild faith and through loving the one in front of them. The idea for AwakenMag was planted there when I saw their ATOM Magazine. They were also a great resource as we put together the first published AwakenMag.
While at the YWAM center, I picked up a sampler CD of this group called Liz and the Lions. Little did I know they would be playing in my living room a a year or so years later.
The band was birthed with a heart to bring awareness, find partners, and raise funds that go toward the ending of extreme poverty. They’ve had the practical revelation that a movement starts by filling the pocket that is in front of you. If we all started “filling the pockets” of the one in front of us, poverty really would be taken out. The group is more than a band. Its a movement called Pick A Pocket—ie pick a pocket to fill.
Many times we can get discouraged to not do anything, because the task is to big. We forget that poverty has a face, a soul, a family and a story.
When I started to follow Jesus authentically, he led me to a homeless feeding in Greenville, SC. I realized through this that I had many preconceived notions, prejudices and lies I was believing about poverty. It indeed has a face. I met and saw Jesus among them.
Recently, I was walking the streets here in Barcelona at night and I came across 3 homeless men, they were sleeping on mattresses they had found. My pity grew for them but as I came closer 2 of them were reading their bibles by the street lights. I smiled. Not everything is always as it seems. I am reminded that my Lord didn’t have a place to lay his head either. Homeless doesn’t necessarily mean faithless. In many cases the homeless see the provision of the Lord to greater depths.
I am convicted and inspired once again to love more authentically, to stop for the one, hear their stories and “pick a pocket”.
From the pickapocket.net website:
“Our focus is to embody the Gospel wherever we go, serve people trapped in extreme poverty, create art, raise awareness about ways to transform communities and forge new connections between the developed and developing world.”
If you are interesting in helping out, check out this brochure of one of their projects called “The Koshe Project”