Your financial help makes it possible for me to befriend, serve and love the homeless and hurting with the gospel of Christ.
“Clive, will you get him a washcloth?”
Clive, with his unruly hair and stained clothes hanging off his body, used to come into the shelter every day. He would always sit at the end of the first table and read. He read mostly westerns, sometimes four in one week.
Since my first summer at Jeff. Street, I had built a simple relationship with Clive. Clive doesn’t talk much, but he’s always polite. He has a disorder with his nerves which makes him walk at a slow shuffle and have difficulty grabbing things. I would ask him about the stories he was reading or give him extra blankets if the night was going to be especially cold. But he usually kept to himself and didn’t want too much help with anything.
To my teammates and I, Clive had become a sort of Jeff. Street fixture. He was part of our normal routine. So I became worried when I realized I had not seen him for several weeks. Clive could easily be taken advantage of by people. I didn’t want to think too much about where Clive might be.
Then I learned Clive had been taken in by one of our staff. After living there for a few weeks, he moved into Jeff. Street. Now I see him in the classroom every day, reading books like The Purpose Driven Life and works by Lee Strobel (author of The Case for Christ). And now, clean-cut and sharply dressed, Clive was working with me his first day in the kitchen, handing out shower supplies to our guests.
Life ebbs and flows like seasons. Clive spent a life-winter on the streets, but now I hope he is in a season of growth as he is surrounded by a Gospel-centered community.
As my time serving on the Hope team comes to a close, I am thankful for the many seasons, both in my life and the lives of my friends. The springs and the summers bring growth, while the winters bring perseverance and strength of character (Romans 5:4). Because no matter what season I am in, my roots go down to the saving message of Jesus. And I can have joy, even in my least favorite season.
I plan to continue living in Louisville, going through life’s seasons with the community I have built here. I also plan to still stay connected with Jeff. Street in some way or another. And I hope you will too. Please consider continuing to financially support Jeff. Street as they walk with the homeless and hurting through the seasons of life. And please pray, for this involvement is no easy task.
Thank you all for being my support community this past year. I hope you have seen the blessing resulting from your giving.
“Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.” -Ephesians 3:20-21
Grace and Peace,