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She ran toward the church, clutching her shoulder. The street people didn't seem to concerned. It was like it was an everyday occurrence for them. It scared us silly. We were told to be careful what we photographed. Some buildings we were warned were off limits to be photographed. This was not middle-America, nice traditional family living. My heart went out to the mothers who stood on the sidelines as I ministered to the little children seated on bright blue tarpaulins on the hot cement. I told them Jesus loved them.

I was naked and you did not clothe me. I was a stranger. ' "Jonathan, you write this down. When a child is allowed to die because he has no place to live, what is it? It is murder. " "Why do people pray? I'm going to tell you for a natural fact. We talkin' about me. If you're not born rich and you are my complexion, you know that it's going to be hard and it ain't going to get better. If you have a dream, then you have something you can hold. You may be low. You may be beaten down. "15 A Kingdom of Futility: Immersion in Irrationality Those who have seen the conditions under which the homeless and poor are forced to exist, speak of it as living in "a kingdom of futility".

She closes her eyes and says: "'I was hungry and you gave me not to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me not to drink. I was naked and you did not clothe me. I was a stranger. ' "Jonathan, you write this down. When a child is allowed to die because he has no place to live, what is it? It is murder. " "Why do people pray? I'm going to tell you for a natural fact. We talkin' about me. If you're not born rich and you are my complexion, you know that it's going to be hard and it ain't going to get better.

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