Not a normal Church?

july 09 002Maybe only my sister Chris will grasp the meaning behind that “Normal” word again. I am not even sure right now I can honestly say what normal is when I use it in the text of a CHURCH! I believe also after tonight my husband may also finally understand what I’ve been trying to explain to him for many years about our ministry just was not what most would consider “NORM”!

Our youth tonight had big plans for the night. They worked weeks on a skit they were going to preform for the church, then they had a guest speaker coming to minister to them. Afterwards pizza and a youth lock in. Sounds all normal to you right?

Actually this would be a typical meeting once a month for our youth. Tonight however the real normal seeped out. Pastor Freddie and I will do whatever we have to in order to protect our people. That very much includes the homeless.

The girl that runs the store next to us has been on a roll the past few months harrasing our homeless men. She has called the police on them repeatedly whenever she sees them outside. Monday she complained because there was about 15 men waiting to get in the door for breakfast. They were in front of our door simply talking and she swears they ruin her business. The ONLY time the men gather like that is at breakfast and when we have meetings. They bother no one and if they did I would be the first one to stop them.

She can not stand the fact they are on the sidewalk away from her business mind you but in fact in front of ours.

Tonight young people and members were gathering for the skit and youth meeting. Members for us basically are 80% homeless. TROUBLE! I looked out and in front of her store was a police car. I went out and made sure every homeless man that had been drinking got in the door with no hassles. THEN Freddie showed up…. KaaaaBoooom!!!!!!!

By now the police had left because the men weren’t hurting a thing. He had had enough and went over to tell her to knock it off. Ummm it just didn’t go well. She lit into him verbally and then someone came and told me. WELLLLL, now both of us were arguing with her having to listen to the “F” bomb being used with every other word. That wasn’t good enough. She then branched off with “G D”! Ok enough was enough.

A few of our ushers were there now, Missy and suddenly little Lora flew out the door. They told us later that the “F” word was all you could here in the church. Lora just about lost her salvation on the girls head. Lora’s husband pulled her away.

I wish this girl no harm. If these men pan handle, pass out, pee, or openly drink then by all means call the police. I will! NORMALLY all they are doing is standing waiting to go to church. WHY she wants to have them arrested whenever she sees them is beyond me.

SO now the war has been called. The war between good and evil. She let us know that if they are standing outside she will call the police every time. We will deal with the police however the men get very nervous. I don’t believe she will deter them from coming but why hassle them all the time.

We’re trying so hard to give them hope. Hope enough to try to stay sober and live again. She on the other hand isn’t happy until she ruins there joy of being able to come to our church.

Nah we probably didn’t have to argue like we did however tempers did flair and Pastor and I will walk through the hell we walked through tonight in order to speak for those that society… people like this person consider not worthy enough to spit on even if they were on fire. These are our church members. We love them. We will fight for them. Tonight even some cried for them.

Tomorrow is our annual 4th of July Volley Ball game. I figured I would go beat the ball a few hours and prepare for Sunday’s battle when the men come to church. Some of our guys hadn’t been in church in over 30 years! No they sit with clean clothes, sing songs, clap their hands, get hugs, hear the Word of God preached, have someone tell them that they honestly love them and more importantly they get to tell someone they also love them.

They cry and they laugh. They are made to feel welcome and again part of society while everyone knows where they live and what the sleep under. Nobody cares!

Pastor and I refuse to allow the devil rob anyone of their dignity. Dignity that is already fragile and so easily lost. Think about us as you read this. Pray for all of us to stay strong. We are in a spiritual battle. It’s not with neighbor girl however it felt great to give her a piece of my mind. OK maybe pray for me to behave.

Those that are attending church… have a normal church service this Sunday. Remember us here in Alabama having the time of our lives building one life at a time with the help of God in the most un normal church I have ever been in in my life.

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3 Responses to “Not a normal Church?”

  1. HERE IT IS 2:45 AM AND I CANT SLEEP. BECAUSE I HAVE SO MUCH ON MY MIND. ALOT HAPPEND TONIGHT. AND I DO AGREE THAT WVM IS NOT A NORMAL CHURCH. I FEEL THAT MOST CHURCHES DONT HAVE THE HEART AND DISIRE TO LOVE AND SURPORT THERE MEMBERS AND THE HOMELESS LIKE YALL DID TONIGHT. YES TO SOME IT MAY HAVE LOOKED BAD AND YES SOME LOST THERE TEMPER. BUT WE AS PEOPLE CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH AND FOR ALL THE ONES LOOKING BAD AND JUDGING YOU ALL FOR HOW YALL HANDLED IT. DOES NOT KNOW THE REAL TRUTH TO THE WHOLE STORY. AND YES WE DONT WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK BAD ON US! BUT WE HAVE TO FOLLOW OUR HEARTS JUST LIKE YALL DID. SEE THE ONES ON THE OUT SIDE SEEN PEOPLE OUT OF CONTROLL. BUT WHAT I SEEN WAS YOU GUYS HAVING A HEART OF GOLD. TONIGHT MAY HAVE SEEMED BAD AND SOME OF IT WAS! BUT TO ME. I SEEN ALOT OF GOOD. I SEEN THE YOUTH BEING VERY STRONG IN GOD. NO MATTER WHAT WAS GOING ON OUTSIDE. THEY STILL WENT ON WITH THE PLAY AND DID A WONDERFUL JOB. I AM SO PROUD OF THEM. THE PLAY WAS AMAZING. IT REALLY TOUCHED MY HEART. I DO HAVE TO ADMIT THAT MY FLESH WAS SCREAMING TO GO OUT SIDE AND TAKE CARE OF BUSSINESS. BUT AT THE SAME TIME I KNEW THAT MY PLACE WAS TO BE STRONG AND STAY THERE TO SURPORT THE YOUTH. AND I AM SO AMAZED THAT I LISTENED TO GOD WORDS TO ME. GOD KNOWS IF I WOULD HAVE LET MY FLESH TAKE OVER IT WOULD HAVE NOT BEEN GOOD CAUSE I KNOW I WOULD HAVE LOST IT AND I WOULD BE IN JAIL. NOW I KNOW I WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT FASTER THAN I GOT IN THERE. LOL. WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER THEN THATS WHEN I BROKE. BECAUSE I WAS MAD AT MYSELF FOR NOT GOING OUT THERE. SO I WAS SO UPSET. UNTILL GOD CAME IN AND SHOWED ME SOMETHING. GOD SHOWED ME HOW POWERFUL HE IS. WHEN I THINK ABOUT THIS I GET SO OVER WHELMED. HE TOOK OVER MY WEAKNESS AND I WAS NOT IN CONTROLL HE WAS AND THAT GAVE ME THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD. I AM SO PROUD OF MY SELF FOR BEING OBEDIENT TO GOD!! I FEEL THAT YALL DID WHAT YALL HAD TO DO. AND I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO. YEAH IT WAS HARD BUT WITH GOD ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. OH AND MY TWIN WHAT A FIRE CRACKER SHE WAS. I KIND OF WISH I COULD HAVE SEEN IT BUT GOD KNEW THAT I COULD NOT HAVE WATCHED THAT GO DOWN CAUSE I AM TO PROTECTED OVER HER. SOON AS I SEEN HER GET IN MY SISTERS FACE AND CUSS HER I WOULD HAVE LOST IT COMPLETELY. MY FLESH STILL WANTS TO TAKE OVER AND MAKE HER PAY FOR TREATING ALL OF YOU THAT WAY. BUT I KNOW GOD IS IN CONTROLL AND EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT. NOW I PRAY THAT THIS LADY DONT CROSS THE LINE AGAIN. EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED JUST OPENED MY EYES TO SO MUCH. GOD SPOKE TO ME AND I NOW KNOW THAT WVM IS THE CHURCH FOR ME. I AM NOW A TRUE MEMBER. I LOVE ALL OF YOU AND I AM VERY THANKFUL THAT WVM IS NOT A NORMAL CHURCH. I FEEL THAT GOD IS GOING TO BLESS ALL OF YOU FOR LOVING THESE HOMELESS AND GOING THROUGH THIS AMAZING JOURNEY. GOD BLESS WVM!!

  2. I love this church and everyone in it! Really the verizon network has nothing on us, when it comes to standing behind the people we love. With some of these guys it has taken years of loving them to get them to see the value of their lives to us and to God, and NO ONE is going to destroy that hope or value as long as we are here.

  3. What you have now is a new normal. Normal for today-tomorrow it may change. You did what you had to do and now you not only have a new normal, but a new challenge as well. The woman in the store is lashing out and you are the convenient target. She doesn’t understand, as many others don’t understand, and instead of trying to understand, she gets angry. Hopefully she’ll change, but if she doesn’t, then there could be another new normal before long…Good luck!


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