It’s no secret that Compass Point shut down our offices so we could put more money into global ministry. It’s sounds cool…but some days finding a place to meet or work just sucks. On the other hand it has caused some pretty interesting relationships to form. One for me is Harvey. Harvey is homeless.
A couple of days a week Harvey ends up with some “pocket change” so he heads to a local coffee shop to hang out and fill his thermos with coffee. One day I was at the coffee shop working because they have free wi-fi. Harvey saw me working and started asking me some questions about the Internet. One thing led to another and I ended up buying him lunch (the shop also makes the BEST gumbo in town). These days I see Harvey a couple a times of month…we hang out…talk…occasionally grab breakfast together. Until he talked to me I never really noticed Harvey…which was my loss. Harvey is mentally challenged. Harvey lives in a tent. Harvey doesn’t always smell too good. Harvey is a LOT of fun to talk to. Harvey is now my friend.
One day I asked Harvey about how local churches and Christians treated him. His answer wrecked me…and convicted me.
“Mr. Chris I come to this coffee place a lot. While I’m waiting for them to fill my jug (thermos) with joe I see people sitting around talking about God’s Bible. Those people walk right past me when they leave this place like I’m invisible. Invisible people need God’s Bible too.”