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Pastor in Clarksville lives on streets for a week

Pastor in Clarksville lives on streets for a week
Friday, July 05, 2013


WSMV Channel 4

updated 7/3/2013

Rev Willie Lyle
A pastor in Montgomery County said he lived on the streets for a week to better understand the plight of the homeless and hungry.

Rev. Willie Lyle started off his appointment as pastor of the Sango United Methodist Church by going undercover, living for a week among the homeless population in Clarksville.

Lyle says God challenged him to experience firsthand what it was like to have nothing in order to enable him to better serve his congregation.

"We often get into our own little world, and we get comfortable. We forget about the struggles that we had. It's easy to forget about other people's struggles, and I don't want to do that," said Lyle.

Lyle said he's planning to start a ministry at his new church to benefit the local homeless population.