By Pete Semple
There are many ways to die on the streets, ranging from starvation to hypothermia. Even in an area where the temperatures are not so extreme, the homeless of Raleigh, N.C., have to deal daily with the question of survival. Without shelter and support, their odds for survival diminish.
Six years ago, Stephanie Narron moved to the Raleigh area. She observed the many individuals who called the streets “home.” Her heart went out to the homeless, and she began to help them. They were little things at first, but acts that doubtless made a difference.
“I would normally carry water and snacks in my trunk,” she says. She’d pull her vehicle along side them and offer them to homeless people she would see.
Her ministry expanded to providing clothing, umbrellas, sleeping bags, and other essentials. Eventually, she was distributing so much that she had to buy a larger vehicle.
Before long, her efforts caught the attention of others at Hope Community Church, a Grace Brethren church in Raliegh, N.C. (Mike Lee, pastor) where she is a member.