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A husband and wife from Steinbach minister to the homeless while driving semi-truck long-distance through Canada and the United States.

Christina Friesen says they’ve been driving together for five years and wanted to find a way to continue ministering, even while on the road. Friesen notes they have care packages made up and give them to the homeless they see along the road.

2018 05 christinafriesen2Unloading care packages to hand out (Photo credit: Christina Friesen)“I got the idea of making care packages and we hand them out off the side of the truck. These care packages included clothing, hygiene items, food items or sometimes food cards, and, of course, a Bible. I would put them in this cloth [bag], like a Walmart shopping bag, something they could reuse.”

Friesen says when they have the time they stop and talk with those who are receiving the care packages and are able to hear their stories and pray with them. She notes their stories are often heartbreaking.

“In fact, surprisingly enough, you or I could very easily end up being one of those people on the street. Some people have tragic stories of deaths in their family, the death of a loved one, or they’ve had cancer or various different reasons why their finances were affected and they lost everything.”

She notes she was surprised to see just how many people there are on the street, even though some of them have jobs, their daily decision comes down to shelter or food.

2018 05 christinafriesen3Handing out supplies and donations in Oklahoma (Photo credit: Christina Friesen)Friesen adds they’ve had good experiences with the people and she’s never felt scared or fearful.

“In fact, a lot of these people feel so scared and depressed and sad, that a lot of people don’t even acknowledge who they are anymore, they’re not even treated like people. People aren’t interested in their name, in fact, a lot of people don’t even make eye contact with them. The fact that you’re showing an interest in them and shaking their hand and wanting to know their name and care about their story and where they’re at and just showing them a little bit of love and compassion, it really goes a long way.”

Friesen says she and her husband are about to be published authors. She notes they were given the opportunity to write a chapter to be collaborated into a book coming out this spring entitled ‘Walking In Your Destiny: Building Faith That Can Move Mountains.’

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