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Pastor living on the streets to help the homeless

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A North Texas man is in the middle of a personal mission that is both unique and challenging. He's a guy who now understands what it's like to be homeless.

Pastor Leon Reyes is not homeless. The young pastor, his wife and their 2-year-old son live in a friend's guest house in Southlake.

But for the past 13 days he has been on a mission to live as the homeless do for at least a month.

"I don't have understanding of survival or methods of how to obtain food, money. I don't know these things. I'm just kind of jumping out there to see what happens, to rely on God and my faith," he said.

He now sings for small change and sometimes his food comes as a handout from strangers.

"It's really lonely out here. No one cares kinda thing, people just walk by," he said. "I still have a lot of time to process my thoughts. I'm just jotting down things and recording my thoughts."

Reyes said his biggest challenge has been getting enough sleep. He's tried it in shelters and parking garages.

He also has had no contact with his family.

"The people who know us, know Leon's heart and know why he's doing this and are in full support of him," said his wife Lauren Reyes.

When he finally goes home Reyes wants to inspire people with his story.

He's ministering to people on the streets and he said he wants to use the inside view he's getting at shelters and other facilities to become a voice or an advocate to help improve services for homeless people.


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