Poverty Walk Reflection

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Poverty Walk Reaction Paper The following report is a reaction and reflection in response to a personal five-day poverty simulation and the close reading of Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski.
After first learning the details of the assignment, my reaction was one of simultaneous excitement and disappointment. I desired to participate in a poverty walk type simulation since I was in middle school, yet never had or made the opportunity, so it greatly piqued my interest and enthusiasm. Still, as I began thinking through how I could make the experience more authentic, I was disappointed by how limited I felt in experiencing homeless and poverty as a woman, due to safety concerns. Though completely valid apprehensions, I longed for an opportunity to commit myself to more authentic encounter and resolved to make this experience as genuine as possible within a safe context. With this commitment, I began to think through the timing of the poverty walk. I realized how I purposefully scheduled the experience during a week where I expected very few commitments. Without even meaning to, I was already trying to minimize inconvenience by taking myself out of the busyness of my normal context. When looking at the project guidelines, I felt relatively untroubled with living costs and food regulations. As I read further, however, a slight uncertainty rose in my mind as I read the rule against driving, knowing I had job and volunteer commitments which had just become more complicated, and another when reading the electronic and social media commitments. I reasoned that I could survive without most of the conveniences of technology, but felt a pit in my stomach grow as I realized it would be 5 consecutive days without outside contact, most notably with my family and long distance boyfriend. A seemingly small sacrifice just hit much closer to home. I was therefore decently confident as I prepared for the experience. I knew that it would require sacrifice, but I prayed that those sacrifices would draw me closer to the Lord’s heart for those in poverty. I expected to be hungry, but I decided to view it as a type of fast, and I expected to be bored. I expected to be out of the loop and I expected
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