By Laura King - Director of Development & Public Relations
A week or even a day at the CMC never looks the same. We meet so many families and individuals all seeking relief from the present crisis that has them bound. The needs are as different as the stars in the sky.
There is one particular young man that I can't get off of my mind this morning. He stopped by looking for a food pack and a couple of articles of clothing last week. I remember my first encounter with him almost 2 years ago... He had come to the Storehouse for food. We had a conversation that involved the Hubble Telescope and Quantum Physics. I quickly realized I was in way over my head.
This young man is special but the world doesn't always see that. Many times people are afraid of him because...well he isn't like them. He dresses different, he struggles in public situations and battles some mental illness. The guy we have had the pleasure of getting to know is one of the most gentle and loving human beings I have ever encountered. I have seen him refuse services because there are other people in need. He is so soft spoken that sometimes I have a hard time hearing him.
He came in last week to get some basic needs met and in turn he met some of our basic needs. Kathy (who runs the front desk) had been taking care of him and asked if she could pray with him before he left. He said yes and then prayed a beautiful prayer over her and the CMC. This young man loves Jesus and it is evident in so many ways.
The mission work that takes place here is amazing but some days are hard. Some days you wonder if God made a mistake because you feel so unqualified to be here . Some days the needs that come through the door are devastating and it drains you until you are empty.
Then God gives you a day like last Wednesday. A day where the very ones you are serving lift you up and pray strength and blessings over you. God knows our every need from food and clothing to us needing encouragement and having life spoken into and over us. We often say that we are broken people serving broken people. Jesus showed me again last week how much he loves us...all of us.
I am thankful for this place, I am thankful for the lives that serve here and I am thankful for the beautiful souls that come through the door. I am thankful that I encounter Jesus walking among us, meeting us where we are and showing us what love really looks like.