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Operation Nightwatch Portland
February 24, 2011

Operation Nightwatch is a wonderful place where people can meet and grow together in relationship. I am amazed at how this community of people can understand God's blessings so much more than wealthy communities near where I live. There were two men that I talked to at Operation Nightwatch. The first man's name was Michael and he had a broken leg. He was hit by a car when he was drunk one night. He went to the hospital and got his leg fixed, but couldn't afford any pain killers. So he has to just deal with the pain. A that time, he was living with a friend and knows that he needs to kick his alcohol addiction. He knows that his life sucks because of it. He's a smart guy. We talked about where he grew up, his opinions about stuff, etc. The second man's name was Leonard. He was a 40-something ex-Army staff sergeant with PTSD. He was telling me what it's like living on the street daily, where he gets food, and how much he wanted to go home to Montana. We talked about my job, kids, and how he should've listened to his mother better when he was younger. These are just two guys that have made mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. I raise my voice at my wife, I belittle something my sister is excited about, or I forget to do something at work. But the mistakes that these guys made have cost them much more than mine have. Different consequences, but still mistakes nonetheless. I am no better than these guys. These aren't people that I talk to in my every day life. So, it is refreshing to go to a place like Operation Nightwatch, help out, and hear stories from people who seem to have quite a different perspective on life and a better understanding of how to be thankful.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Growing myself as a volunteer. I am learning about different people groups, such as the homeless, low-income, and mentally ill, who are wonderful people. My knowledge has increased with these experiences, knowing that they are loved by God just as much as I am.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more publicity and ways to let others know about the great opportunities for people at Operation Nightwatch.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped cook and serve a meal to the people attending Operation Nightwatch, as well as participating in the service.

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