This little spot needs some Jesus

We went down a few blocks from our parking spot at the Jubilee House to Dorchester Ave. today to give out some free coffee.  Most people wouldn’t make eye contact with me, and even more didn’t want anything I was offering.   This is what I did most of the morning:

But that was OK.  We pray for an attitude of simplicity, and when we keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, whatever comes our way is a blessing.  That may be feeding hundreds and praying for just as many, or it could be handing out 8 cups of coffee and listening deeply with those 8 people.  I was able to pray for one Vietnamese man named Gree (probably spelled much differently) who had lost his job 7 months ago and was looking for work — any work.  With his broken English he told me his story about working hard the past 7 years and always having work.  The fact that he lived in the same place for all 7 of the years yet his landlord kicked him out just yesterday.  I prayed with him that he would find a job, but that more importantly he would see Jesus revealed in his life, and that Jesus would become the only thing that he truly “needed.”

The most enjoyable friend that I met was a guy named Ron.  Ron approached me as I was sitting exactly like the picture above.  He didn’t make eye contact until he was a few feet away.  When he did I asked him if he wanted some free coffee and his immediate (and I mean immediate) response was “NO!”  Then not 4 seconds later he came back around the corner and said, “what did you say?”  I repeated the same thing, “would you like some free coffee?”  He smiled from ear to ear and a look of disbelief came over his face.  “Your just giving free coffee away?  Sure, I love coffee, I have no idea why I said ‘No’ I love coffee.  Something made me just stop and turn around.”  The whole time a huge infectious smile crossed his face.  Then he asked, “So, why do you do this?”  I simply said “Jesus.”  Ron’s face changed to a serious look and he seemed like he was going to cry, not in a blubering kind of way, but in a way that he couldn’t stop because he was moved.  He glanced slightly upward as to look to God and with his hand on his chest he started to tell me about his relationship with God, and as his story went on so did his excitement.  Ron was a great encouragement on a day we had to pour out a bunch of coffee.

Ron went on to say that he wasn’t even going to come down the block I was on, but something led him that direction.  He also said that the small park we were set up at was the exact ground that a Vietnamese gang had “claimed.”  Some stabbings and even some shootings had occurred there in the past months.  He mentioned, “This little spot needs some Jesus.”

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2 Responses

  1. great post,

    this little spot….

    I think if all of us were faithful and present in our little spots, life and this world, could be so different. Bless you guys you are loved.

  2. […] I showed the video I had made.  Then opened it up for questions.  The questions were from the heart.  The teachers and students asked questions like, “what was the “worst” story you heard from a homeless individual?”  I told them about A.C. from Jackson and how he had been addicted to crack cocaine, but Jesus had spoken to him and he had given his life to Christ.  I told them about the local park in Boston where gang members had been killed a few weeks earlier and needed a little bit of Jesus. […]

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