Church in the Park began as an outreach to those who are more comfortable standing outside of a building and looking in. As time has gone on, more and more people have discovered the beauty of Church Outside. As a result, many are finding purpose again and wholeness. One such man is Jesse. He has been a regular at Many Meals and the Drop In Center. On January 8 he was baptized.
Today he died from a massive stroke.
I’m sad he didn’t get more happy days on earth, but so happy he has discovered the eternity God has put in our hearts. We don’t know what day is ours.
When members of my homeless family come into the drop in center, they long to take a bath in the bathroom sink. My desk sits not far from the restroom and I can hear the water run, and run, and run. One particular man likes to push the limit on the hot water usage.
After what seemed like a very long time, I knocked on the door. Okay, I pounded on the door. It scared him and he came charging out the door at me. I’ve been cussed out before but not like that. He put his shirt half on and stormed out the building.
I so wish I hadn’t done that. He may never come back. He was enjoying the warm water and soap and I really ruined it. I hate it when I don’t act like Jesus. I could have done so much better. Pray for Mr. Zepeda to forgive me, and pray I do better. That’s not how to show fragile people you love them… and I really do love them.
Tomorrow’s menu will be Chili Beans and Sausage, rice from El Pescador, cooked buttered carrots from Garman’s Pub, rolls and butter, orange slices and romaine salad with raisins and pecans.
Pastor Jim will be back in the Drop In Center next week to greet one on one after Bible Study. I did something this week that I can’t fix and shouldn’t have done.
See you wonderful cooks tomorrow.
The Many Meals Story – Santa Paula CA
SPIRIT of Santa Paula
Kay Wilson-Bolton, Director
Serving the Least Powerful and Most Vulnerable People in Santa Paula CA