Southlake youth pastor goes homeless for 30 days to show hope

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 12:38 AM

DALLAS -- Have you seen Leon?

A Southlake youth pastor hopes you'll be asking that question as he goes on the street for 30 days as a personal journey of faith, and also a mission to find hope for the homeless.

Leon Reyes said goodbye to his wife and son this afternoon in Deep Ellum. He is planning is to spend November on downtown streets with no identification and empty backpack to feel what it's like to walk in the shoes of a homeless person.

Reyes said part of his odyssey also has to do with awareness -- that in the well-to-do suburb of Southlake, people do care about others in North Texas less fortunate.

He hopes to help the homeless he meets seek hope.

"You know, most people say, 'You know, you are going to quit after 15 days or 10 days, it's not a place you want to be,'" Reyes said. "You know, that could be true, I could quit and walk away. But you know my theory is to just go and learn how to help somebody, help someone with no hope. And try to figure is there a way to get them have hope."

Reyes will be learning what it takes to try and get permanent housing with the hope that the end of the month, he will have found a way to get a job.

His wife will be writing a blog chronicling his journey at HaveYouSeenLeon.com.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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