Welcome Dan to the Family

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This past Monday night, I had the privilege of traveling to a homeless shelter in the heart of Atlanta.  I, accompanying First Baptist Church of Cumming, had a great time serving approximately 500 homeless men and loving on them.

Two men that I talked with, Dan and Warren, had taken a bus from Florida to Atlanta.¬† They were originally carnival machine operators.¬† They, however, quit the current carnival company that they were working for and moved up to Georgia.¬† They had just gotten off the bus this past Friday.¬† In other words, as of Monday, they¬†had been¬†homeless for 4 days.¬† Warren stated that he had been homeless previously and carried a huge chip on his shoulder.¬† Dan, on the other hand, has never been homeless before; he was tremendously scared.¬† As Dan, Warren, and I spoke for quite a while.¬† Warren, really, never ‘let me in’ – he continued to say that “[his] home was currently under construction”.¬† But, I never really got the impression he knew what he was talking about.¬† His pride kept him somewhat distant from the conversation – only speaking periodically.¬† Dan, however, gave me his full attention.¬† There were times when Dan would get seemingly angry, but I think it was the fear of trying to put up a strong front.¬†¬†Dan’s constantly fought to hold back tears.¬† Dan grew up Catholic but confessed that he knew nothing about salvation and forgiveness; he admitted that if he died that night, he would spend eternity in Hell.¬†

After some time of discussion,¬†DAN ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST¬†as his Lord and Savior!!!¬† You could see¬†a new¬†peace in his countenance; his tears were now tears of relief. I showed him some passages in the New Testament that were given to him that night. I showed him how he was a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and how there was no longer any condemnation regarding his sins (Romans 8:1). Finally, the New Testament didn’t have the Psalms in it, so inside the front cover, I wrote one more verse: “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)¬† I told Dan that whenever he got scared out on the streets to remember that verse.

Dan was so grateful and his demeanor was so much more relaxed and joyful.

Something that is also very cool is most of this entire discussion was¬†RECORDED¬†ON VIDEO!!! I got some general clips of the homeless shelter on video, as well. Once I secure a copy of the videos, I’ll post them here so all of you can watch them.¬† I’ll try to get them on here within a week or two.

 Please remember Dan in your prayers tonight – wherever he’s at.  Remember to thank God for saving his life.

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Video Clips of a Homeless Shelter

Here are some video clips of myself and others from First Baptist Church Cumming at the homeless shelter.¬†…

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