Introduction

Hello! My name is Madalaine Horky and I am so thankful you are here. I have had a desire to serve the poor and homeless for many years now. It all began with spending a summer forming relationships with homeless children at a nonprofit organization in Tacoma, Washington. Since then, I have spent my career serving homeless moms, kids, and adults with mental health issues in the Seattle area. Additionally, I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies and Counseling and a Master’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. I have presented a personal thesis on the Modern Day Church’s Response to the Poor at the Annual Conference for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in 2016. My experience coupled with my seminary education has contributed toward my desire for the local Church to be better equipped and encouraged to love the poor well. I am energized when I think of the ways the Church can bring the gospel near to the poor, shephering their hearts well. I do not have all the answers and have much to learn, but I pray that I can be someone to help begin the dialogue of how we as the Church can help the poor feel they belong in the Body of Christ.

In Luke 5, we read an incredible story of a group of friends bringing their poor, paralyzed friend near to Jesus. They were so desperate for their friend to experience the healing of Jesus that they lowered him through the roof of a house so that he could be near Jesus. The faith of this paralyzed man’s friends and their heart to see him experience wholeness put the man in front of Jesus. They were the ones who made a way for the paralyzed man to have a place in the room. The name for this blog came from this story. I believe, like the friends in Luke 5, the Church has an opportunity to help the most vulnerable draw near to Jesus and have a place in the room. We can help people experience wholeness and nearness to Jesus. My hope is that the tools on this website will help the local Church have a framework for how we do this. How do we help outsiders feel that they have a place on the inside? It starts by seeing people and being willing to make a hole in the roof to help them be near Jesus.

“Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.'” -Luke 5:18-20 (NIV)

Looking forward to this journey together,

-Madalaine, MA

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