Four years ago, between Yankoski’s sophomore and junior years in college, he and friend Sam Purvis decided to do something uncanny, live on the streets of America for five months. They chose to do this not only to better understand the plight of the American homeless, but more specifically to observe how churches and Christians interact with this “despised corner of American society.”
Yankoski’s book, “Under the Overpass,” recounts the “journey that forever changed his life” — eating from garbage cans, sleeping under bridges and on the streets, and depending on the generosity of strangers.
Today Yankoski’s passion is to encourage Christians to live an “active and out-loud lifestyle of faith, directed by God’s will, centered on His word, and engaged with the surrounding world.”
“I am excited to use the story of Christ’s love and the calling in my life to captivate and motivate Christians into deeper faith and stronger action,” said Yankoski.
Yankoski, a native of Parker, Colo., is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. He and his wife, Danae, currently reside in Sisters, Ore.
The Sept. 16 lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information , contact Nathan Flora at 423.461.8748.