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Outcasts: Our Human Need For Belonging
January 15, 2018
By: Brandon Montague
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "outcast" as "one that is cast out or refused acceptance (as by society)." When I was young, my family uprooted from the Toledo area and settled in Hancock County. I was the new kid on the block at a tiny county school where our graduating class of less than ninety was considered the largest class in school history. In typical fashion, I was looked upon by most of my classmates as an outsider because I was new to the area. I didn't grow up with the core group of children that were raised together, therefore I didn't have the close relationships that some had already established over the last several years. As a result, I didn't really "fit in" with any social group and only had a few close friends.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kind, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I read recently that the average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds. But, according to a study from Microsoft, people now generally lose concentration after eight seconds. The study states that this is down from 12 seconds in 2000 and highlights the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain. Those who work in the mission field says it takes 3-6 months to make any real change and most missions have found that six months seems to be the optimal time for a recovery program.
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Sheltering the homeless since 1934.
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The City Mission of Findlay is a proud member of the following organizations:
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce
*The pictures and names of the homeless, unless specifically noted, are not of local homeless people.
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