As a person who came to faith in God through Christ at the age of 7 years old, I had my first conversion experience. I understood the gospel was that Jesus lived a perfect life, He died on the cross and rose from the dead. I understood that because I had a relationship with God through Him, I was going to heaven. At the age of 12 years old, I had another conversion, God brought two young men into my life that have changed my life forever. My two best friends, Brett Coe and Paul Matta, one Caucasian, one Latino and me as the African American spent time together weekly playing sports, hanging out and doing homework. I learned that we were different based on our ethnic backgrounds but we were more enriched because of our encounters with one another. The conversion was to move from thinking of race as a divider and seeing it as a uniter. I was meant to be a bridge builder and reconciler in life. Over the years, I had additional conversions to a global communal mindset after visiting Kenya and Ethiopia.
Saturday, I had another conversion! I was working with homeless and hungry people at a soup kitchen in downtown Austin. I am frustrated that I live in the richest country in the world and people are homeless and hungry. This makes no sense. I am disappointed in the distribution of resources in our wealthy nation and want to do something about it. I am blessed to be in a position of influence where I can do something to make a difference. I can also use my voice to speak for those who are voiceless. I met a leader Saturday named Seth Maxwell who started The Thirst Project when he was 19 years old simply because he received information about the clean water crisis in the world. He then got his fiends together to do something about it. Why can’t all of us do something about the problems we see in the world. I want to do something about homeless and hungry people in my world. I will do all i can to make a difference in this area. If you are interested in joining me, contact me at (512) 430-1388 ext 2 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t stand by and do nothing! Well we could but what good would that do.