ONE VIDEO – This video was shot last week on a day when the temperatures were in the 30s. In it you will see my friend Sim and my new friend Jonathan.
TRAGEDY ONE – Sim was a high-paid attorney in Philadelphia and lived in an upscale condo. Life threw him a curve ball…he suffered a traumatic loss…his mind snapped and he just gave up. He has no clue how he ended up homeless in Lakeland – but his story checks out. Sim stays to himself, has no interest in getting off the streets and refuses to come indoors no matter how bad the weather. A few moments after this video was shot I gave Sim a big cup of coffee and another sleeping bag. He still wouldn’t agree to stay at Impact! Church overnight to get out of the cold. Every day we ask him if he needs any help.
TRAGEDY TWO – The guy that walks up is Jonathan. I had never met him before we were shooting the video. He did come to our church that night to stay warm. In the middle of the night he slipped into the bathroom, pulled out the K2 he had smuggled in and OD’ed. We managed to keep him alive until paramedics arrived and after several days he recovered at the hospital. As soon as he was released he immediately went to a drug house and spent three days getting high. We are still trying to convince him to get clean.
ONE LESSON – It gets discouraging trying to help folks that do not want to be helped – but you keep trying anyway. God is still at work, love wins and sometimes perseverance pays off in a BIG way! Never give up…never quit trying. Love God, love people and make an impact!