Thursday, December 03, 2009

A different kind of bbq quest.

Put your money where your mouth is.

Last Wednesday I saw someone do just that. The Wigshop was contacted by a gentleman to let us know of a very interesting monthly event that most people would never see or hear of. Mrs. The Pol and myself took off under the maze of overpasses between Western Ave. and Ft. Sanders in search of the Lost Sheep Ministries.

You may have heard of Lost Sheep before. They're the people who go to the homeless and needy, giving food and clothes trying to meet them where they are in their own environment.

That's where I met Joe. Joe is not a part of Lost Sheep, but piggy backs their mission. Joe is just a regular guy who saw a need, wanted to help, and stepped up.

Joe makes Barbeque, really, really good Barbeque and lots of it. He makes this Barbeque specifically for the homeless. Once a month he smokes close to 500 lbs of beautiful pork shoulders, the same he would cook for family, friends, or clients.


It was an impressive sight. Joe in his smoking trailer and cooking gear, working his heart out to serve people who would seem unlikely candidates for the first servings of great food, but that was his point. Joe told me he was convicted by the notion giving the needy the first portion, the best portion, not just the leftovers. In his mind, that is an important symbol for these people to see. That they are not just an afterthought getting whatever remain, but worthy of time and consideration and sacrifice.

There were hundreds of people there. The homeless and needy were streaming out of the woods and along the railroad tracks, there were volunteers with Lost Sheep and volunteers with Joe. They worked with the homeless to prepare the meal and set up everything, there was kindness in the chaos.

[UPDATE: For those wanting to help out, Joe says he will be continuing his barbecue with Lost Sheep the last Wednesday of every month for as long as he can.]



11 comments:

benjamin said...

oh my, i love this. thanks for sharing, joe (and the pol).

B said...

woo, pol. you made me tear up there for a second. wish i could have been there.

and. thanks joe!

Kevin said...

Wow. I'd love to help next time. When is the next time?

The Modern Gal said...

What a great way to offer some dignity and the best way I've heard yet to serve BBQ. I'm looking forward to a chance to helping Joe.

stan said...

this is fantastic. admittedly, it's sad that giving the first portions to someone in need is so novel. but i'm really happy to hear he's doing it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, what Kevin said. When is next time?

The Modern Gal said...

Kevin and Anon: Joe says he will be serving barbecue with Lost Sheep on the last Wednesday of every month for as long as he can.

Sean Alsobrooks said...

That is so awesome. Joe is a great guy and has such a generous heart. His BBQ is absolutely delicious too!

Andrea said...

That is an amazing thing for him to do.

Stan said...

Joe is the real deal and so is his BBQ. More importantly, so is his God.

The Big Poppy

Mickey said...

What a fantastic notion!