Monday, April 7, 2014

A Church for the Homeless--- Really???



Dear SoupFriends,

Greeting from the SoupMan!

A Church for the Homeless! I can see you scratching your head and saying ‘What’s that all about SoupMan?’ What crazy idea is the SoupMobile chasing now? Well I’m glad you asked. In case you haven’t heard, the SoupMobile is building a church for the homeless in South Dallas. Oh yeah, you heard right! We are putting up a real live church building. It’s the real deal. 

At SoupMobile Church the homeless will receive the call to Christ every week from SoupMobile Pastor—Sister Lisa.  Additionally the church will provide counseling, job training, life skills training
and lots of wholesome activities like barbecues and picnics.

SoupMobile Church will be a one of a kind in the entire nation. A church where the homeless will be the ‘Members’ and if we attend we will be their ‘Guests’. A revolutionary concept to be sure but as one of our supporters said, “Why hasn’t somebody thought of this before.”

Some people think we’re crazy to build a church for the homeless.  They are thinking, what does a Church have to do with ‘Feeding the Homeless.’  We think it has a lot to do with it. For more than a decade the SoupMobile has fed the bodies of the homeless with hearty and healthy food but even more importantly SoupMobile Church will feed their souls. 

Regarding that 'thinking we are crazy' idea?  Yep, we are totally, completely, absolutely, entirely, fully, unconditionally, thoroughly, unmitigatedly and wholeheartedly ‘crazy’ about Christ!


May the Lord Bless & Keep You & Yours!

Signed, David Timothy, a.k.a. The SoupMan

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met!



Dear SoupFriends,


Greetings from the SoupMan!


At the SoupMobile, we’ve lost one of our own. On February 11, 2014 Mackie Choice, at the age of 57  passed away. He had been recently diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized and spread throughout his body. Unfortunately his condition was inoperable. 


Mack had a long history with the SoupMobile and he will be sorely missed. He touched many lives in a positive way and his personal story has inspired many.  Readers Digest Magazine used to have a long running series called ‘The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met.’


In many ways Mack was that ‘Unforgettable Character’ in my own life. I first met Mack back in 2003 when I was just starting the SoupMobile. I was a rookie, green behind the ears guy who just wanted to feed the homeless. Mack was a homeless guy who had survived many years on the streets using just his wits and a lot of street smarts. We were two guys from different worlds but over the years we bonded together and formed a powerful friendship.


The SoupMobile was able to give Mack a helping hand many times over the years. It was always a ‘Hand Up’, not a ‘hand out.’ However it wasn’t just a one way street. Many times over the years Mack blessed the SoupMobile with his own special brand of kindness. He wasn’t a perfect man, but then none of us are. There is only one perfect one and it’s Jesus. Mack had a gracious spirit, kind heart and loving grace. I take great solace in knowing that Mack knew Jesus.  And while we will miss Mack here on this earth, we know he is now in the loving arms of Jesus. 


Yes, we’ve lost one of our own. We mourn his loss but rejoice in the knowledge that Mack has found his eternal home with Jesus.

Tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us but I know someday I will meet Mack again. Meanwhile the most ‘Unforgettable Character’ I’ve ever met will be blessing heaven with his own special brand of joyousness.


GodSpeed to you Mackie Choice! 


Signed, David Timothy, a.k.a. The SoupMan

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hot Dogs for Christ???



Greetings from the SoupMan!

Did Hot Dogs even exist when Christ walked the earth 2,000 years ago? The answer is probably 'not'! In fact while the sausage concept goes back at least 500 years, the sausage in a bun (Hot Dog) concept was really an American invention by Charles Feltman, who began selling them at his hot dog stand at Coney Island in 1871.

So if hot dogs did NOT exist 2,000 years ago when Christ walked the earth, did HE know that someday we would have them? Sure, after all HE knows everything. Yeah, he knew one day we would have hot dogs! Did Jesus also know that hot dogs would be used someday to spread the love of Christ? 

What??? You say you never heard of that concept! You never heard of hot dogs being used to spread the Good News---the Gospel. No worries because I’d be glad to tell you just how it’s done!

On Friday October 18, 2013 the official Oscar Mayer WienerMobile 
came to Dallas to partner with the SoupMobile in serving 800 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs to multitudes of homeless men, women AND children.  Yes, you heard right!  The Wienermobile was right here in Dallas.  You say you don't believe it.  Well just click here to see the photos:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151936558124324.1073741844.72409949323&type=1&notif_t=like.

Do you see all the smiles on the faces of our volunteers that day AND the homeless we served? Those smiles weren’t there just because we were serving hot dogs. The smiles were there because we served Oscar Mayer hot dogs along with a heavy dose of the Love of Jesus. At the SoupMobile we consider serving food to the homeless as our secondary mission. Yes the food is souper important but serving the Love of Christ to our homeless friends is our Number One Mission. The SoupMobile simply used the WienerMobile as our venue to connect with our homeless friends. 

Christ did the same thing 2,000 years ago. You did hear about that time where Jesus preached the gospel and fed the 5,000 by multiplying five loaves and two fishes! They weren’t hot dogs but it was food and he was preaching the Good News—the Gospel.  All the SoupMobile did 2,000 years later was use food (hot dogs) to both feed the multitude AND give them the Love of Jesus.

Last question! Did Jesus know there would be an Oscar Mayer WienerMobile someday? For sure---remember He knows everything. And did He know the SoupMobile and the WienerMobile would partner together to spread HIS love. Absolutely, because as we all know---HE knows everything! 

May the Lord Bless & Keep You & Yours!
Signed, David Timothy, a.k.a. The SoupMan

Monday, August 26, 2013

Justice for a dog named Justice!


Dear SoupFriends,
 
Greetings from the SoupMan!
 
Something happened in Dallas back in the spring of 2012 that shocked the community. A group of young men doused a puppy with lighter fluid and then set the 4-month lab terrier afire. The dog was called Justice and suffered third-degree burns over most of his body. In spite of intensive efforts to save the dog, it died several days later.
 
There was a huge uproar in the local community. It didn't matter whether you were an animal lover or not. The sense of outrage was felt by everyone. Rewards were posted to try to bring the young men to justice. Slowly but surely the wheels of justice started to turn. The assailants were finally identified, arrests were made and court dates set. 17 long months later we have some closure.
 
As reported in the Dallas Morning News on Saturday August 24, 2013, the ringleader of the group was sentenced to 5 years in Huntsville prison. Another one of the group received 2 years in jail and the final two men got 15 month jail sentences.  
 
So what are we to think about all of this. Is a puppy's life more important than a human beings? Not exactly. What I am saying is that how we treat animals can be a 'sign' of the human condition. Clearly these 4 young men crossed the line with their depraved act. And they are paying a heavy price. 5 years in prison for the ringleader is not just a slap on the wrist. I'm grateful that the prosecutor and judge felt it was important to give these men more than just a stern warning and probation.
 
For me its not about vengeance, its about accountability. We can't just look the other way when things like this happen. As a society we need to send a message out loud and clear that animal abuse is NOT okay. And while I'm no psychologist, I think on a deeper level that bringing these four young men to justice for killing a puppy in this cruel and inhumane way may just one day prevent them from doing something worse. Hopefully these jail sentences will also discourage others from doing anything remotely like this criminal act committed by these 4 young men.
 
I took no joy in hearing that these 4 young men were finally sentenced for this awful crime. I did not smile when I read that the ringleader received 5 years in Huntsville prison. What I did feel was sadness. Both for a puppy named Justice that suffered a cruel death and for four young men who somehow seem to be on the fast track to no where. We've all made mistakes in life but for these 4 young men, it will be a long time before this mistake fades into the past.
 
I pray for these young men and I pray for us all. Thankfully we serve a God that believes in redemption. At one time or another in life we all need redemption but for these 4 young men, maybe right now they need it more than most.
 
May the Lord Bless & Keep You & Yours,
 
Signed, David Timothy, a.k.a. The SoupMan
 

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Indomitable Human Spirit




Dear SoupFriends, 

Sometimes life can throw us a curve-ball. And if you live in Texas or Oklahoma, lately those curve-balls may seem more wicked than ever. In April the City of West had a massive fertilizer plant explosion which resulted in loss of life and property damage in the millions of dollars. A month later tornadoes roared thru Granbury/Cleburne/Ennis Texas leaving a wake of destruction and loss of life. And just when you thought things could not get any worse, a Stage 5 tornado roared thru Moore, Oklahoma leaving unbelievable carnage and many more lives lost.  

Frankly, there’s no way to sugarcoat what’s been happening. It’s been a rough go for a lot of people. Home’s literally leveled down to the foundations, cars tossed around like toys, schools destroyed and lives lost---many of them children. So is there any ray of sunshine in the midst of this incredibly dark cloud. I would humbly submit that there is!

Bob Riley—former Governor of Alabama said, “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” I would submit to you that these recent hard times have brought out the hero in many people. How about those firemen in the City of West who rushed in as First Responders without any thought to their own lives. They were trying to save a town and lost their lives doing it. They were heroes in my eyes! Are how about those school teachers in Oklahoma who literally covered the children with their own bodies to shield them from the tornado—heroes to be sure! What about the Fathers & Mothers who pushed their own children to safety without any thought of their own safety---heroes, you bet! 


Beyond the heroes was a whole mass of people stepping up to the plate to help. People opened their hearts, their wallets and their homes to assist the ones hurt the most. Donations poured in from all points North, East, South & West. In a world where there seems to be too much hate, too much anger and too much war, the goodness of people rose to the top. We got to see our fellowman at their very best. Jesus said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” We actually got to see this come true in both Texas and Oklahoma as people of all races, creeds and faiths stepped up to the plate to help those hit hardest by recent events.

Hard times are indeed difficult. I’m not sure anyone gets through this life without going thru some hard times.  But in the midst of it all we get to see the very best in the human spirit. There is no denying the hurt, sorrow and pain of hard times. Thankfully there is also no denying the good in people as they rise to the occasion to reach out to their fellowman in help, love, caring and compassion. 

Life isn’t always easy but in the midst of the hard times we get to see the very best in people. And for that I am humbled and most grateful.
May the Lord Bless & Keep You & Yours,
Signed, David Timothy, a.k.a. The SoupMan