Go With the Flow

A blog post from the heart of our associate director, Joanne Lowry.

It is easy to just go with the flow, to find a place of comfort in your relationship with Christ and others. When we are in this ‘go with the flow’ mentality we aren’t being intentional about pursuing all that God has in store for us and has prepared for us. “Spiritual growth requires an intentional effort. Spiritual stagnation and decline require no effort at all.” When we fail to exert these conscious acts we don’t receive all of the things God has for us. On a larger scale, when we aren’t intentional in our relationships with others, it is easy to make them feel like they are people of convenience not of worth.

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It is part of our mission to make each and every person feel wanted, needed and accepted despite their situation. Intentionally loving others and making them feel like they BELONG, in the midst of what ever lifestyle they may be living paired with speaking and BELIEVING truth over their lives has the potential to produce a radical change in BEHAVIOR. We see growth in ourselves and in our community when we deliberately choose to help those around us. The goal is to be a group of people who live and love by decision, not by default.
One way you can choose to live intentionally is by donating your time to The Dream Center.  To volunteer, click here.
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Shawn

Shawn’s is a story of forgiveness and hope. After serving 12 years in prison following a wrongful conviction, Shawn was exonerated, thanks to the help of a team from the Duke University School of Law committed to helping those misidentified and wrongfully prosecuted, in 2010. But his situation leaves him feeling as though he is still in prison here in Charlotte.READ MORE

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Kevin

Kevin has been homeless since the age of 13 – more than 30 years ago. Since then, he’s been nicknamed “Slim” on the street and created a home for himself at the bus stop by Discovery Place where he stays 5 nights a week.

About homelessness, Kevin says, “You ask yourself, ‘What am I doing? Did you put me out for a purpose? Did you make me homeless?’ Not doing anything gets to you. It’s like your life doesn’t mean anything. You sit there morning and night, go get something to eat, sit, wait for people to give you money and then keep going.”

Kevin found out about The King’s Kitchen & Bakery and the Dream Center through a volunteer at a local church. Since then he’s attended Bible study as well as Restoring Place Church. “They actually care about you like you’re part of the family. They pray for you, sit down and talk with you, and give people opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise,” Kevin says.