A Fresh Start

Sep 8, 2016  |     |   General

     “There are no strangers to me, Jessica.  There are only friends I haven’t met yet.”
     These words were spoken to me, followed by a big hug full of gratitude, by a man we met on the streets.  The volunteers and I listened to his story which he told with conviction and pain in his eyes.  What was the most touching was when he told us about his new found relationship with Jesus and his plan to change his life. 
     I will never forget the look he gave me when he said, “Thank you, ladies, for showing love to me today.  It is a reminder of Christ’s love for me.”  The look in his eyes spoke to me more than the words out of his mouth.  His eyes told his story.
     “I am hurting, and I am hungry but I am not ALONE,” he said.  “I am a new creation, I am set apart for a bigger purpose, I am child of God.  He protects me, loves me, and changes me every day.  I am loved!”
     We spent 45 minutes talking to our new friend. In those minutes, we laughed, cried, prayed, and hugged our new friend and brother in Christ.
     Two days later, we were on our way to another Streets of Omaha location when I heard someone shouting my name.  I looked over and there was our friend, getting ready to get on a bus heading to his fresh start.  I got out of the van and gave him a big hug.  We prayed again and said farewell as he boarded his bus.
     These moments will never be forgotten.  To think it all started with a lunch. 

Jessica Coffey
Volunteer Coordinator