:: Take 3 ::
When he was 7 years old, his family was forced out of their home on a legal technicality, and he had to work to help support them. At age 9, his mother died. At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk. Not much hope for this lad, they said. What a familiar story that I’ve heard for more than sixty years about the men and women here on Skid Row. Oh, really? Let me tell you more about this lad.
He wanted to go to law school, but his education wasn't good enough. At 23, he went into debt to become a partner in a small store. At 26, his business partner died, leaving him a huge debt that took years to repay. At 28, after courting a girl for four years, she refused his marriage proposal. At 37, after two defeats, he finally won an election to Congress, but two years later, he failed to be reelected. At 41, his four-year-old son died. At 45, he ran for the Senate and lost. At 47, he failed as the vice-presidential candidate. At 49, he ran for the Senate again, and lost. At 51, he was elected president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln, a man many consider the greatest leader the country ever had. Like the man said . . . some people get all the breaks.
What an incredible story of perseverance. Not letting adversities defeat him. Philippians says, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Nearly everyone I meet on the streets of Skid Row has a tragic story of the trials, the struggles and the tragedies in their lives, and without the strength that comes from knowing Christ, they were simply crushed by the weight of countless defeats – beaten down, with no place to turn. But at Fred Jordan Mission they find a listening ear, a warm embrace, a comforting word, and a prayer to a God who cares.
It is these precious, hurting people that keeps us here on Skid Row. Share God’s good news with those who have known only defeat in their lives.
Summer is here. School is out and ‘there is no free lunch’ for hungry children. HELP STOP SUMMER HUNGER! Please give online, fjm.org. Or mail your gift to the Mission, PO Box 12345, Covina 91722. You can also donate by phone at 1-844-356-3663.
Willie Jordan (Mrs. Fred Jordan)
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