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Chris Battin
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Does Anybody Hear Her
With some
form of cold knocking me out for the past couple of days, I've turned my blog
over to the lyrics of Casting Crowns' song "Does Anybody Hear
Her."  This song sums up so much of
what I've been experiencing in this relational ministry with the good p...
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My Interview with GRIP TV about the Needs of the Good People of Emerald City and Similar Communities.
In early December 2017, GRIP TV approached me about doing an interview for their weekly show.  This is airing every Sunday through January on their station that is available on Philadelphia based cable providers.  Two residents of Emerald City offer their i...
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Relational Ministry: I can't Imagine Any Other Way to Do This!
An experience this week serves as a great example.  I would love to tell you the specifics of this example but to do so would break confidentiality.  Let me share this story from the addicted person's side of their burnt bridge. Burning the bridge between t...
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On The Outside Looking In: The Mystery of Addiction
I was recently asked if safe injection sites promote heroin use.   Expanding the question a bit… Does providing food, water and clothing, fresh needles and showers at local agencies promote heroin use? After this year of hearing the stories that I’ve heard ...
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I was recently asked why I support community living in places like Emerald City.
Communities such as Emerald City have become, by default, safe injection sites.  Do they meet the official criteria of a safe injection site?  Probably not. But they are, none the less.  Of the three overdoses requiring Narcan that I have witnessed in Emera...
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I am so broken.
In my visits to Emerald City, I’ve been accepted by many men and women and ignored by some.  There is one woman who told me early on that I was annoying.  I chose to love her in the name of Jesus and respect any and all indications of desired boundaries tha...
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Public Communal Homeless Addiction Living Saves Lives
Sometimes It's better to Vlog than to Blog...
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The Addicted, Homeless, Hero, Human
Last night I saw the woman who helped save another woman who was overdosing on Tuesday night. I congratulated her for doing such a good job and saving the other woman's life. She thanked me and shrugged her shoulders and said: "I've had two more since then....
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The Sidewalk Garden
On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for the privilege of having personal stories shared with me by addicted and homeless men and women as many of them bear witness to their Christian Faith.  Here is one example which I share with you as a parable: The s...
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