I was driving down MLK, in Atlanta, after a particularly tough interview. It can get depressing. I knew I needed a dose of hope. I decided to head back in the other direction. I was turning around on a side street and saw a van, with bread stacked in back, and a few men standing around it.
Despite having very different religious/spiritual beliefs, the pastor and I immediately hit it off.
Pastor Reeves: What the people don’t really understand and the church doesn’t understand and the world doesn’t understand is that we gotta do something, not within these four walls, but out there.
See, a lot of people think that you gotta take that Bible and preach it to people. No, no. You give yourself and that living epistle is you. You don’t have to say anything. It’s you in action. And, that’s what people miss.
We pick up homeless people every Sunday and bring them here to church and we feed them breakfast. We try to give them a sense of comfort and peace and let them know we love them.
BW: You remind me of my father, pastor. He used to pick up homeless people, every Sunday, feed them and sit them in the front row of one of the wealthiest churches in Atlanta. Not only was he trying to help the men he brought to church but I think he was trying to show all the rich folks that the work that needed to be done was out there. He put it in their face, so they had to see.
Pastor Reeves: That’s what it’s all about. My vision is to open a house for for the homeless. We have a small congregation here, in a neighborhood that doesn’t have much. When that’s the situation, raising money moves a lot slower. We just need for people to come along and give us a hand.