Personal Stories

A Day In The Life: 2 Worlds in Atlanta

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – I really love what God has called us into. As many of you know, I am a pastor/trainer/neighbor, leading “the church” (people) into living a life of giving and receiving with everyone we interact with. Through joining, listening and living interdependently with residents of an at-risk community, I see the ways [...]

By |September 23rd, 2012|Personal Stories|0 Comments

Needing Others Well

By Dan Crain

ATLANTA -- Scripture is clear: We need to lead honest and vulnerable lives in community, to confess our needs and to bear our burdens together. Yet how do we live out that command without “getting messy”? Or what if we don’t follow His command at all?

As Americans, we like to project an image of [...]

By |September 12th, 2012|Concepts, Personal Stories|1 Comment

Saved From the Addiction to Change in People

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – So I have been on this urban ministry journey for about 2½ years now – not long, but time enough to observe interesting things and to experience moments of pure joy, not to mention complete bewilderment and frustration.
I find it  discouraging when people into whose lives I pour myself make bad [...]

By |July 26th, 2012|Personal Stories|2 Comments

Yeah, But This Is My Space

By Dan Crain
ATLANTA – There is a coffee shop in Atlanta that is extremely close to heaven on earth. It is situated beautifully on the Chattahoochee River.
Recently I decided to go there and to do some work. I got up early, and I was the first customer at 8 am. I strategically sat at on [...]

By |June 27th, 2012|Concepts, Personal Stories|1 Comment

You Are the Light

By Phil Hissom
John has lived in Palms Trailer Park for three years. He has seen a lot of rough stuff go down, but he’s also seen the positive changes in the park. I had the opportunity to spend some time with him the other day, and I asked him why he thought things have gotten [...]

By |June 16th, 2012|Assets, Change, Personal Stories, Place|0 Comments

Yield Your Right of Way, Leave the Rest to God

By Bill Behr
Regi Campbell is an Elder at Andy Stanley’s church in Alpharetta, Ga. (North Point Community Church).  Mr. Campbell’s blog, written specifically for men wanting to grow in their faith with Christ, is a favorite of mine, and his most recent blog, “The Thing vs. the Idea of the Thing,” had one statement that [...]

By |June 12th, 2012|Concepts, Personal Stories|0 Comments

Homeless Living in Woods Aren’t Invisible to God’s Eyes

By Nancy Blue

My heart for people living without permanent shelter was always instinctual. God’s timing, and my introduction through volunteering, has nurtured my compassion and commitment and taken me from city streets to the woods.

My initial exposure was through IDignity, which helps to provide IDs and other documentation critical to help the poor. Homeless men [...]

By |May 10th, 2012|Personal Stories|0 Comments

Our Past Does Not Dictate Our Future in Christ

By Bill Behr

We all have developed beliefs about ourselves. Those beliefs have been shaped by our experiences, the happy and sad events in our lives, what we have heard others say (whether true or false) and what we have learned.

We ultimately decide which beliefs to adopt as part of our identity (whether good or bad), [...]

By |April 23rd, 2012|How to..., Personal Stories|0 Comments

Who Doesn’t Like Barbecue?

By Rebecca Lujan Loveless

Scott and Sammi, residents of The Palms Trailer Park on Orange Blossom Trail, care about their neighborhood.  When asked what they think would make The Palms a better place to live, they said, "A place where friends and family can gather to barbecue, socialize and have kids play safely."

They believe that having [...]

By |April 20th, 2012|Personal Stories|0 Comments

The Power of Community: How Daniel Returned Home

By Dan Crain 

ATLANTA – When Daniel left home six years ago, addiction guided his path, and he might as well have walked off the face of the Earth.

His parents’ parting words to him: “Don’t ever come back here.”

He left everything behind: his home, his job and, most important, his kids.  His destination was addiction, bouncing [...]

By |April 13th, 2012|Personal Stories, Uncategorized|1 Comment