76/Panorama of Events/Report From Oregon, USA
November 16, 1996 - One rainy day, fellow
practitioners from Oregon Center gathered at the Homeless Serving Center in
downtown Portland to offer food and clothing. Much preparation was done beforehand.
Assisted by a local company called Oregon Realty, many warm clothes were collected
and distributed to those in need.
The task was quite a challenge;
some fellow practitioners even began preparing the food a couple of days before
it was offered. The fellow practitioners involved were divided into four groups:
one group gave out clothes at the door, the second distributed sample booklets
to those interested, the third served food while the fourth cooked in the kitchen.
Many people were shocked when they learned that the vegetarian "chicken" was
not real meat!
Fellow practitioners felt
very happy to bring some warmth, love and joy into the lives of several hundred
homeless people. They also prayed that the hardships in the world would have
a positive effect by quickly awaken more and more people and enabling them to
turn to God for eternal peace and happiness.