Pastor camps out on platform to collect donations for homeless
Oct 29, 2012 08:40 PM
Reported By Heather Jensen, Reporter - bio | email
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -
A Middle Tennessee pastor is camping out on a 30-foot platform for several days in an attempt to help collect necessities to give to homeless people in the area.
Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church set up camp on the platform on Monday morning and plans to stay there until he has collected 100 sleeping bags, 100 bikes, tarps and tents.
"It's very cold up here, and tonight, it's going to be about freezing, but we're trying to weather it as best we can but this is our commitment to the homeless," he said. "I am layered right now. I didn't realize how cold it was actually going to be today."
Locke told Nashville's News 2 he got the idea to stay on the platform while hosting a revival for the homeless on the Jefferson Street Bridge recently.
"We promised [area homeless people] our church was going to do this and so we're here for the long haul," Locke said. "I'm willing to stay here all week if we have to."
Due to weather conditions brought on in part by Hurricane Sandy, Pastor Locke's lift was lowered 10 feet due to safety concerns.
"I think the coldness and the inconvenience adds to the experience, and we really want to empathize with these folks," Locke said.
As of Monday night, 15 bicycles and 10 sleeping bags had been collected.
Anyone interested in donating to the cause can do so at Global Vision Bible Church located at 2060 Old Lebanon Dirt Road in Mt. Juliet.