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The streets have no name but home

December, 2016

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith, a United Methodist clergywoman appointed to a ministry of presence and advocacy with the homeless, speaks to a gathering at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. Her appearance was sponsored by United Methodist Women and other denominational groups. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith, a United Methodist clergywoman appointed to a ministry of presence and advocacy with the homeless, speaks to a gathering at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. Her appearance was sponsored by United Methodist Women and other denominational groups.

by Laura Allen
April 27, 2012

I heard many nuggets of wisdom from the Rev. Lorenza Andrade-Smith during our conversation about her ministry with people living in the streets. For example, the term “homeless” isn’t really accurate.

Andrade-Smith said that a woman in New York City taught her this lesson.“God created the world, remember your home is with God,” the woman told her. “You’re not homeless, you live on the streets.”

For more on Rev. Lorenza Andradre Smith, check out this story from the United Methodist Reporter and this story from UMNS, written last summer.