This is Felicia Gaston. She’s a breast cancer survivor. Actually, she’s been battling cancer for 10 years, as she has battled homelessness and poverty as well. The cancer is back in the other breast and she was on her way to an appointment. She read the sign out in front of the A2 J Prayer house around 12th ave and Van Buren, and walked in because the sign made her feel welcome to come in for prayer. She talked my head off for 10 minutes, then she left, and didn’t want prayer really. She wanted to talk to someone about what she had been going through and then wanted a hug. She told me how God has gotten her through all of this and before she left, I said, “You’re a fighter!” She looked at me and said, “I’m a survivor!” I said, “Thank God. God bless you Felicia and I’ll be praying for you.” My time with Felicia reminded me that poverty is a lack of friendship, and thanks be to God that today she wasn’t poor. If you think about it, pray for Felicia as she battles many things that are working towards her defeat, mostly, lack of friendships.
This is Jewel. I was at the A2J community garden taking some photos and video footage, when Jewel walked up to me and said, “This is beautiful (pointing to the garden). Did you do all of this?” I told her, “No, but I know a really cool group of friends who’ve committed to live in this neighborhood and display the love of Jesus in cool ways like investing in a garden like this.” I told her about the prayer house next door as well and all the other amazing things that A2J does in this community.
She lit up! She proceeded to tell me that she comes by here every now and then, but has never really noticed the garden. I asked her where she lives. She told me, “I’m staying on Watkins at a shelter right now. That’s where God has me to be a light for Him. Where He tells me to go, I listen, and that’s where He has me.” It was a beautiful jewel to share a few minutes of eternity with her today. She was definitely full of Christ’s love (Light!). Keep the Light shining Jewel.