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28 Oct 2019


By |2019-10-28T19:21:42-05:00October 28th, 2019|General|0 Comments


Here’s my friend, Dawson Keyes.  Many of our staff members at CCO and members of our JPUSA community have known Dawson for about ten years.  He’s stayed at our shelter and our place for seniors, Friendly Towers.  “God has used you guys (CCO and JPUSA) in so many ways throughout these last few years of my life,” he said.  “You’ve literally helped me to hang in there.”

He told me that he’s had so many health issues to face including various surgeries and cataracts.   “We’re all getting older,” he said. “And we’ve got to take care of ourselves.  But I also know that God’s not done with me yet.”

I then asked Dawson what is his advice to those still living in shelters.  Like how should they face each day?  He thought for a moment then he offered his “words of wisdom.”

“First of all, when you wake up, “Thank God,” he said.  “Then after that do something positive for yourself, like connect with as many folks as you can that can help you.  Like seeing folks, and getting on waiting lists for housing.”

And then there was a final word of encouragement, which had the “ring of truth” for us all.  “And if you can’t do anything else, well then, just simply be kind to someone.  For God will be doing his work, but you’ve got to trust and have faith, and you’ve got to do your work, too.”

Thanks, Dawson.  And I thank God for friends like Dawson… for they help me to see a little more of Jesus at work in our world.


17 Oct 2019


By |2019-10-23T06:53:04-05:00October 17th, 2019|Everyday People, General, Quotes|0 Comments

Kevvin in the Chicago Uptown neighborhood


I was on my way home one afternoon last week when I ran into Kevvin.  He, too, had just exited our Sylvia building when I struck up a conversation with him.

It was only a minute or two before his strong belief in Jesus emerged seemingly out if nowhere.  “ When we see the depths of his unconditional love for us, then we’’ll learn to trust him more,”  he remarked.

I was a bit taken aback.  “Yeah, whoa, that sounds real good,” I said. “But that’s not easy to grasp, is it?”

“No, it’s not,” he said.  “But God wants treat us all as his children, and he’ll work with each one of his children in a different way.  Say, you’re a father who’s got ten children.  Well then, you’re going to relate to each one differently, according to where each one is at.”

“Yeah, that makes good sense,” I responded.

“Yeah, because that’s how God shapes us, each one of us, he loves us so much,” he said.  And another thing, it’s all about relationship.  It’s like, ‘If you don’t go through something, how can God show you his faithfulness?’”

“Yeah, that’s true,” I said.

Kevvin went on to tell me that he had worked all his life, but that now he was down on his luck, but he wasn’t going to let that get him down.  He said that he was blessed to attend the “House of Prayer” church in our Uptown neighborhood.

We chatted a little more, and I told him that he had just blessed me with his heart for God, and I asked him if I could share a few of his words with my blog audience.

He readily agreed.

“You know, God said, “The just will walk by faith, not by sight.”  And to me, that means that if  the Holy Spirit and the word of God give you peace about something, then either you do it or you don’t do it.”

Now that sounded good to me.  How about you?

“And there’s one more thing I’d like to share,” he said.

“Yeah, sure, go on ahead,” I said.

“You know how you hear people say, “God is good…. all the time!”  Well, all I know is that He’s a lot better than I deserve.”

Thanks Kevvin for sharing your heart with me and all of my readers.  It sounds a lot like God’s heart towards us all.

Thanks for stopping by, Chris.

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