Dallas Pastor Trades Home for the Streets

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Dallas resident Leon Reyes is not homeless, but the young pastor has set out this month for a 30-day beat on the street to raise awareness for the homeless in his city.

Reyes left the comforts of home to spend the entire month of November away from his wife and two-year-old son to live on the streets of Dallas.

"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," Reyes admitted.

With no identification, an empty backpack, and no contact with his family, the Southlake youth pastor has been surviving on food handouts and small amounts of change that he receives from playing his guitar.

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

The father of one has been recording his experience on a small camera and hopes to learn what it takes for a homeless person to secure permanent housing and a get job by the end of the month.

In addition, He's ministering to people on the streets and 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.

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

She will be writing a blog chronicling her husband's journey at HaveYouSeenLeon.com.

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