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Dejected, BUT Not Forgotten!!

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As a shelter we spilled forth controlled chaos. We housed women with children, single ladies and invited our homeless and poor neighbors in for a hot meal and food bags four days a week. But then, surprisingly, our pace increased in 2001, that year announced itself as being a time of new beginnings. In May, I married my beautiful bride. Cornerstone also purchased the Sylvia Center and we started housing families. As the year neared it's end, we found out a local homeless shelter, Harper House, was closing, and to our utter surprise, we were asked if we could meet the need, take over and start managing our own Men’s shelter. By faith, a hint of nervous courage and not knowing what to do, we walked through the open door and began housing about a hundred men experiencing homelessness.

Macon’s Overnight Ministries reached capacity, and then exceeded it, within a week. The need and desperation was enormous. Nightly, we had to turn away many fellas into Chicago’s dangerous…

Defying All Odds

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Struggling through the mucky mire
Climbing life's impossible obstacles
Harassed intimidated and ashamed
Fighting against the prejudice systems
Continually exploited by elitist regimes

Victimized
Villainized
Oppressed
Forsaken
Forgotten

Strongly rising with hopeful expectations
Staring blankly into life's travesties
Refusing to bow succumb and submit
Struggling kin loving without borders
Prayerful perseverance unites them all

Against all odds
Defying all odds
Rising
Creating
Living

Cuffed and frisked for reasons unknown
Sentenced coz of funds lacking
Deemed guilty until proven innocent
Jesus cries "he without sin, cast the first stone"
Yet rocks sail continuously in their direction

Victimized
Villainized
Oppressed
Forsaken
Forgotten

Strongly rising with hopeful expectations
Staring blankly into life's travesties
Refusing to bow succumb and submit
Struggling kin loving without borders
Prayerful perseverance unites them all

Against all odds
Defying all odds
Rising
C…