Kansas City pastor Timmy Gibson goes homeless for a day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - If you learn something walking a mile in someone else's shoes, Pastor Timmy Gibson hopes he learns a lot walking twenty.

This is the seventh year Gibson decided to be homeless for a day. He and Dennis Putinski are a few of the Mercy Church leaders who will be walking twenty miles around downtown Kansas City from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21 until 8:00 a.m. Sunday, September 22.

As of Saturday, Gibson didn't know where they would be sleeping that night.

"I've ended up in Westport before, I've been run off of the Plaza," he laughed.

Gibson added it always surprises him how difficult it is to feel invisible even during his short exercise. He and Putinski sat on the corner of 43rd and Main Saturday morning ripping pieces of cardboard into signs. One read, "Homeless are people too."

"The people we meet, the stories we hear are unbelievable," Gibson said. "People that you just look at and think, how are they homeless?"

Each year, Gibson works to raise awareness for KC Rescue Mission, especially ahead of the holiday and winter months.

Gibson and Putinksi will share their experience with their congregation at Mercy Church Sunday morning. They meet inside Belinder Elementary school in Prairie Village.

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