Todd Williams is pastor of New Covenant Christian Church in Houston. It’s a new church known for its ministry to the city’s homeless and in particular, the youth. It’s a tough gig. Williams has been at times a relentless advocate for the homeless, like when the city moved them all from under an overpass to various “hotels” (if you could call them that) in outlying areas, away from the programs and services that keep them alive and give them hope.

Since the hurricane, Williams and New Covenant have been front-and-center in the city’s organizing of how to serve all these refugees pouring in.

Yesterday, he sent us this reflection, to use however we wanted. It gives you a look at life on Houston’s streets, through the eyes of a wise and compassionate pastor who admits that sometimes, we can only take small steps.

Read Williams’ reflection here.