Give to Growth: Announcing New Team Member!

Oftentimes people ask me if what I write about here is my full-time work. When I started going to South Dallas in July 2013, I planned on continuing to work other jobs and do this part-time on the side. After several months of doing both, I decided to make this work my full-time job. No non-profit that I found had the type of job I wanted to do, so I decided to fundraise so that I could continue and expand my work. In December 2013, I began this process of fundraising.

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One Year: A Look Back

One year ago tomorrow, my friend and mentor-by-example Larry James invited me down to South Dallas to spend time on a little corner we affectionately started calling "the Corner."

Neither he nor I knew it, but it would be a day that would forever change my life, as I began to have my heart warmed by a group of people I formerly ignored.

They are people without homes, but they moved right into my heart, and through their love for me, began to change my life.

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The Bad Things We Do

"I have done bad things. I have done bad things that have hurt people I love," said the very kind-looking, soft-spoken man sitting on the curb in front of me.

The sea of men around him passed time as best they could, waiting -- most in the shade but some in the sun -- for the doors of the shelter to open for them.

I had knelt down to talk to three, three whom I had never met.

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The Shoes

I had never been so close before. It’s amazing really. I have gone 29 years of life without ever having had so much as the opportunity to give someone something off of my own body. If you think of all of the need in the world, it is quite remarkable how insulated I have been from it that this opportunity would never have presented itself before.

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Music on the Streets

For six months or so, I have dreamed of bringing music to the streets. I just imagined what the musical waves streaming down the streets could do to lift spirits and bring joy!

A month ago, I spoke briefly at our church about my new work, and I had the bright idea of volunteering our very gifted musical pastor Jay to make it happen! Of course, I didn't tell him beforehand that I would be volunteering him, but still he was good enough to come, along with another man who goes to our church named Paul.

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