Y.A.N.A (You Are Not Alone) ministry to the homeless community in Prague
“It is mainly a student-led student-run ministry for the homeless and needy people living in the centre of Prague.
The shortcut stands for You Are Not Alone. We are here to distribute food and other resources (e.g. gloves and hats during winter) to those who need it as well as to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them. We also offer prayers on the street. Our vision is to reach out to those in need, show them compassion and tell them about God’s love.”
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
– Matthew 9:36-38
What is foreign to me? Well, I’m currently studying in a foreign country so basically everything around me is kind of foreign, but the moment I saw the topic, my mind came to a ministry lead by students in my church here in Prague. It’s a ministry to reach out to a community which is foreign to most of us, the homeless people on the streets of Prague, with both physical and spiritual foods.
The ministry is called You Are Not Alone (YANA for short; more about it here) and it started about 2 years ago. Beautiful as it is, Prague has its ugly side, like every other city around the world. Homeless community has been an issue for a long time and these people live difficult and rejected lives on the streets. These people are just next to us, but their lives are completely foreign to us. We never would understand how the life is to live on the streets, day and night, four seasons a year, fighting against hunger (if not starvation), heat in the summer and cold in the winter, all sorts of diseases and infections…