View from a Ladder (Stories from One88)
I was at the top of a step ladder in the hallway off of the main floor drop in area at One88 repairing a fluorescent light fixture recently when I witnessed something incredible. A young woman, one of the regulars at One88, walked passed my ladder totally engrossed in an intense telephone conversation. From what I could tell she was trying to have a heart to heart discussion with someone who wasn’t in a very good place. She was telling the individual that they needed to get clean, that carrying on with their current lifestyle wasn’t safe. The person must have asked where she was because she said that she was at One88. She was then likely asked what One88 was because she next responded that it was ‘ sorta like a church, Dave and Greg the pastors here saved my life, if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be clean or alive right now’. At this point I was no longer working and was totally engrossed in her passionate appeal to this individual to come to One88 to get help. I had gathered that the friend she was talking to was a guy and that she had likely woken him up because she acknowledged that he was tired, that he wanted to go back to sleep and didn’t want to talk anymore. She agreed that he needed some more sleep but then she told him she was calling him back at 11:30 to continue the discussion! After she ended the call she finally noticed I was there; I told her I thought she was being a very good friend and she replied that her friend really need to come ‘here’ to get help.
The next thing I did was go to Greg and Dave and tell them what I had just witnessed and to let them know they are making a real difference in people’s lives. My ‘take away’ from this encounter is that I need to have just as much faith as that young woman that God can change lives through our ministry at One88. (submitted by Ron)