Taking care of business before we die. Jesse is gone. Many Meals Week 422 on February 15, 2017

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
805.340.5025
http://www.spiritofsantapaula.org
Serving the Least Powerful and Most Vulnerable People in Santa Paula CA

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. As a result of my work with the homeless population in my community, I received the Good Neighbor Award 2017 from the National Association of Realtors and named as a Champion of Homes in 2015 by the California Association of Realtors. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and a cat named Tony Diane at home.

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