CHAM in the News!

CHAM in the News!

A Pastor’s Mobile Ministry to Silicon Valley’s Underbelly

Tucked behind a light industrial area of self-storage warehouses and auto-parts stores is a small encampment of homeless people who live in tents along the banks of a creek.

Few people know or care about this encampment, or an estimated 150 others scattered all over this Silicon Valley capital of 1 million people. But every so often, a beat-up 1985 RV called the Mercy Mobile pulls up along a dead-end curb and a motley crew of homeless advocates bearing water, food, or clothes and shoes hops out.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE

Leading the pack is Pastor Scott Wagers, a former body builder and trainer who has dedicated the last 25 years of his life ministering to the homeless.

“Hey man, you doin’ OK?” he asks a homeless man waiting to see what the Mercy Mobile might distribute one Saturday in late June. Wagers gives him a bottle of water, some energy bars and his card and encourages him to get in touch. “Text me and let me know if you’re getting swept up or something’s going down,” he says.

Pastor Scott Wagers, right, and Mercy Mobile driver Robert Aguirre drive the Mercy Mobile to various homeless encampments in Silicon Valley. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron
Pastor Scott Wagers, right, and Mercy Mobile driver Robert Aguirre drive the Mercy Mobile to various homeless encampments in Silicon Valley. RNS photo by Yonat Shimron

Read the recent San Jose Mercury News Story on the Mercy Mobile HERE

Pastor Scott Wagers states; “The Mercy Mobile, took out a group of faculty (from Santa Clara University) and journalists from Washington D.C. (Religious News service), to explore homeless camps and help supply the camps with basic necessities. Also, great to see those who are healing and finding a closer walk with God. “

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“It’s been a great week this early summer, to see many of the same reporters who covered CHAM ministry, as it was developing in the early 90’s!” states Pastor Scott Wagers.  “It’s always fun to have some off camera laughs and to catch up on everything.”

 

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