DISCOVERING

JESUS

IN THE LEAST

Unveiling God's presence among America's

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Discovering Jesus in the Least

In “Discovering Jesus in the Least,” you’ll walk alongside veteran outreach worker, Chris Ramsey, as he uncovers the depths of God’s love not only for the “most overlooked and ignored” folks in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood…but also for himself.

Ramsey welcomes the reader into his world through a wide variety of short, poignant observations amassed over 25 years. What he discovers will undoubtedly challenge you to examine your own views regarding the poor and the homeless of our 21st century American society.

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2Sep 2018

Virginia goes to Pennsylvania…

By |September 2nd, 2018|Categories: General|0 Comments

And then comes back to Chicago!

I’ve been blessed to know Virginia for about 18 years. She stayed in our shelter with her mother when she was 17 years old for a time. Then they moved out, but Virginia kept in touch by volunteering at our Dinner guest program and food pantry over the years.

Her life has not been an easy one. And for the past few years she was making ends meet by being a caregiver to those in need in the Chicago area. But earlier this year, she was offered a caregiving job out in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, and she decided to take it. She just felt she had to take this opportunity to at least try a different “life”…. somewhere away from Chicago.

For seven months, Virginia gave her new job and new surroundings her “best shot.” But she told me that she just didn’t ever feel that she “fit in” out there. She said she had to take a bus to get anywhere she wanted to go… and they only ran each hour. “I don’t know what I was looking for, ” she said. And so she returned to Chicago.

I told her that it wasn’t wrong at all to “try” something new out. “Sometimes you have to try something out…to find out that it’s not for you” I replied. “Sometimes God uses those situations to show us where we do fit in.”

“You know, I feel that’s so true,” she said. “Because I felt I got a lot closer to God through this experience.”

Virginia was able to get “resituated” back in her old place. She was fortunate to have a good relationship with her former landlord. And she will search for a new “caregiving” job.

In the meantime, she was happy to come back to volunteer.

And I was glad to receive her.

Chris

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19Aug 2018

It’s not Jesus in the East!

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It’s Jesus in the Least!

This past Saturday, August 11, we were again blessed with any amazing group of dedicated disciples of Jesus from the St Andrews Bible Study group. They had come last year as well. And they just smother our folks with love… and a whole of Italian Beef with all the fixings, including hot peppers (if you want them!) and Chicken and french fries and more.

Their leader, is Adnan David and he is one who is filed with so much energy and love and compassion that everyone can’t help but love him! He also likes to joke around a bit —which is great because so do I!

The last time, he was serving at CCO, he had gotten a copy of my book. And I asked him what he thought about it and he said he liked it, but that his wife also liked it.

Then I asked him if he would pass out some of my flyers for my book to his group. He said, “Sure.” And then he proceeded to tell everyone to buy my book in a loud, but joyful manner. His group was so welcoming and fun to be around as they served our crowd. And then Adnan suddenly blurted out to all within hearing–“Hey, everyone “It’s not Jesus in the East….It’s Jesus in the Least!”

We all got a good chuckle out of that one. And we continued on serving the crowds, which included my good friend Thomas, who affectionately calls me his “step-daddy.” And I call affectionately call him my “step-child.”

Jesus in the Least Author Chris Ramsey Only God…

Adnan and Thomas and myself , as well as Adnan’s group got along wonderfully. There’s just something about our God that continues to make my heart overflow with laughter and joy … and it’s when he brings folks together—and everyone is so free to be just who they are–with no pretense whatsoever.

And don’t you think that this is how God has always wanted our human relationships to be? Simple, carefree, real.

I think so. And I get a little taste of it every time a group comes to serve with joy amongst so many of the least. God just seems to be right in the middle of it all.

I am blessed! Chris

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