A whole four months after arriving home, I finally feel ready to start sharing some of my experiences with the homeless in America. I was totally unprepared for the scale and severity of homelessness in the USA and over the last few months I have found it very difficult to come to terms with what I witnessed and what had to leave behind.
Here, I am visiting the 'jungle' encampments in Silicon Valley with CHAM Deliverance Ministry and the amazing Pastor Scott. San Jose was previously home to America's largest homeless encampment which was demolished in December 2014. These smaller camps are the result of people continually moving and dispersing as their belongings are swept away by officials on a regular basis - a highly emotionally charged game of cat and mouse which appears to have no benefit of substance to either party.
It was really shocking to learn some of the people camping had been doing so for up to ten years and had no hope of their circumstances changing. There is no welfare benefit system in America, no free health care and a huge shortage of affordable housing - this means the outlook is extremely bleak for the homeless there and many people are sick and dying slow and horrible deaths. A huge thankyou to Scott Wagers and Steve Chehy for the amazing work they do week on week and for making me part of the Mercy Mobile family. To learn more about the Mercy Mobile or show your support please visit www.mercy-mobile.com