VIDEO: Homeless Camps Create a Breeding Ground for Violence and Crime

People in a southeast Portland neighborhood say a sprawling homeless camp is taking over their community, interrupting businesses and making people fear for their safety. “It’s ruining our neighborhood,” said one man who lives nearby, but did not want to be identified.

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— KPRV Fox Oregon



Homelessness has reached a critical level in Portland. It will take more than short-term solutions to make a difference. With government officials wrestling with this question, it's so important for Christians to ask, "where does the church fit in?"



Jesus always began his ministry in a new city with those who were poor and disenfranchised.  Rather than seeing the Portland homeless crisis as a municipal nuissance, we want to be a church with a different view.  We want to look at people with kindness and compassion.  We have a core value of Action.  That means that when we don't know what to do, we start by doing something. We are also a church with a core value of Justice.  We believe that Jesus came to set wrong things right.  We believe the Gospel is the greatest living hope for every soul.  We also believe that the Gospel treats the whole person.



In order to make the difference we want to see, we need people to join us.  If you live in the Portland area, consider visiting us this summer during our July preview services.  We want to be a different kind of church, and we are inviting you to help.  Even if you've never been a church person before.



Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.