Entering into the city, with hopes of encounters with old friends, we quickly hurried to Love Park on a search for them all. We unfortunately did not get to see many of them, but what we found was much greater. Different faces. New relationships. Changed lives.
"Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak with Mike. Mike lost his job and made a lot of bad decisions. He has only been homeless for 3 days and feels alone. He doesn't know any of the
other homeless there. I asked him if I could pray for him. He said yes, but lets pray for everyone here in this situation.
Later, another homeless man, Michael, went to Mike and told him to come hang with them anytime. Michael told Mike to not ever feel alone, 'especially since God is with you.'
The last man I met was Anwar. [in photo to the bottom right] Anwar came to me and asked if we could talk. He said that he screwed up his life and lost his wife because of alcohol. He also has 3 kids that he is separated from. He said, 'I'm scared, I can't do this no more.' He was screaming and crying. He was afraid that the others would make fun of him for crying, but he couldn't stop. He missed his kids sooo much. We told
him that this isn't about the others. This is about Anwar and changing his life. We told him that he needs to stop the alcohol immediately. We said, 'You can't do it alone, but God will be with you.' We talked about Jesus and Anwar prayed to accept Jesus as his Savior. Anwar was so mad at himself for letting alcohol ruin his life. He said he is ready to go home. He said that he is changing immediately. I told him that I am excited to see the new Anwar. I was crying with Anwar and he said, 'I can't believe that a grown man is crying -because of me.' When we said that we would come back to see him, he said, 'I won't be here. I'm going home -to my family.' " Mike C
Testimony from Benisha S to come.
The 6.19 Team
"...There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: 'We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large..." Numbers 13.26-28