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Pastor Goes ‘Undercover’ to Understand the Needs of the Local Homeless Community

Just a few days after being informed that he had been named the new pastor of Sango United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tenn., Willie Lyle says that in a dream from God, he was instructed to live on the streets for four days to better understand the plight of the local homeless community. In the days before his first sermon, Lyle lived on the streets downtown, met other members of the homeless community and learned what resources were available to those in need. He says that the experience helped him to realize some of the challenges facing the homeless and the importance of church programs that serve others. “Sango UMC is not going to be a congregation that talks about issues and solutions. We are going to be part of the solutions to the problems we face in our community” …

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