Sept 6-7, 2022
Guest: Mike Yankoski
Did you know that there are over half a million Americans who are homeless? Can you imagine what it’s like to live on the streets? No bed or shower. No easy way to get food or a job. On today’s classic edition of Family Talk, Mike Yankoski, the author of Under the Overpass, shares with Dr. James Dobson his experience of going undercover to learn how the homeless community lives. Throughout his five-month journey, he lost 25 pounds, grew his hair and beard, and eventually repelled people by his body odor. As Mike ate out of the trash, was ignored, and even witnessed a violent encounter, he felt dehumanized and disgusting. His experience gave him increased Christ-life compassion for those who really are homeless.
You would think that the hosts of a church breakfast would invite a homeless man sitting in front of their steps to enjoy a hearty meal. However, when 20-year-old Mike Yankoski decided to conduct a social experiment and chose to be homeless for five months to see the church’s response, he was instead told to leave. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Yankoski, the author of Under the Overpass, shares that when he attended that same church the following Sunday, the man who chased him away asked for forgiveness through tears. Mike urges the church to follow Christ’s example and love the unattractive, and the unlovable, including the homeless.
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