Under The Overpass

A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America

Christian - Biblical Counseling
256 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2010
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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

God is alive and well on the streets and so is Satan…

Almost everybody enjoys three meals a day, a warm bed to sleep in at night, and all the comforts of home. How many people think about or have any consideration for those out on the street, begging for food, praying for a warm place to sleep at night out of the rain and the elements and praying that they are alive the next morning, to face another day. Could you live out there amongst them, as one of them? I don’t mean for you to go out there and take them food, say 'you are in my prayers' and go back to your fancy warm home. This is exactly what Mike Yankoski and Sam Purvis did. To test their own faith and live homeless for almost 6 months, with a sleeping bag, backpack and seven dollars each, they started on their journey... No cell phones, no credit cards and very little clothing. Yes, at each town they went to there was someone who knew what they were doing just to be on the safe side, but the knowing person never approached them. They understood they could leave if they were tired of that life on the streets.

Starting in Denver, the pair visited, Washington D.C., Portland, San Francisco, Phoenix and San Diego. Their main goals were to better understand how the homeless lived and what the church does to meet their needs,to encourage others to “live out loud “for Christ and do what He asks of you and to learn to depend on Christ for their daily needs to keep their faith and confidence in Him. By panhandling,and asking for food, they survived, they met Christians that live under the addiction of drugs and alcohol and under the overpass. Some made the choice to be homeless and some did not. As they showed their Christianity by the music they played and sang, visited churches in the area that would let them in…, they learned what it was like to be homeless in America.

What if God lead you to the mission field to live like Mike and Sam did? Could you give up the luxury of your home, the food, all the simple things in life that one takes for granted? We all like to sit in Church and say 'here I am Lord, send me', but could you... Would you do it? Mike and Sam’s story is challenging and captivating, to say the least. I recommend this book for all to read, and then see what difference you can make in one person’s life.