More from the last week at Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia: Koinonia community member Ann Karp reported on a trip she took to the “Open Door” in Atlanta. This is a home for the homeless run by, for the most part, former homeless people. Ms. Karp said she was most moved by a “foot washing” night meant to emulate when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Because it was the year 2006, however, this foot washing included pumice, nail clippers, an electric device to break down callouses (“Homeless people are on their feet a lot,” said Ms. Karp), an electric vibrating foot massager… Later in the night it turned cold and started to rain. Some of the people whose feet were done this evening, were now sleeping under a makeshift, cardboard awning in the back of the “Open Door” because there was no more room inside. Ms. Karp said the scene really impacted her. [A spiritual irony: We house cars in this country, while people sleep on city streets.]… I gave a talk to a youth group at St. Mary’s Church, several miles from Koinonia. I talked about the tremendous disparity in lifestyles between most of us in America and most of those in the Third World. One girl said her parents bought her a $200 coat for Christmas. I said that amount would feed a relatively large family in most Third World villages — for a year. She then said she felt “embarassed.” I said: “good.” What’s more, I suggested she explain to her parents, in detail, what we’d talked about this evening as well. Including the fact that some 24,000 people starve to death (U.N. figure) every day in the Third World. Note: With the world the way it is these days, this is no time for soft placating messages.