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Lasting Impressions…

by Brian Morgan Published Jul 26, 2010

I trained into Brooklyn, New York fall of 2008 with two bags in hand, leaving behind a comfortable life at my Blue Ridge Mountain home in Central Virginia. I took a leap of faith to serve at a small church plant just 500 feet from Ground Zero and became immersed in the culture of urban living.

I realized quickly that this is a key city in America to live out compassion for those in need. Street corners, subway benches, train cars, park benches, cafes, alleyways, all serve as resting places for the weary and forgotten homeless of New York City.

Just weeks into my stay, I took a staff position with The Bowery Mission – a 130 year old rescue mission in the Lower East Side. This was more than a soup kitchen, this was a soul-healing kitchen where men, women and children came to seek shelter from the storms of life and find hope in God – their Everlasting Father. If you were to poll the audience of this shelter you would quickly find that behind the addictions, brokenness, unhappiness, and regret was a common bond of history. The majority of the men, women and children that we served were victims of a parent-less upbringing at some stage in their young lives. Their destructive lifestyle that is now their reality started years ago.

This shifted my outlook on compassion greatly – God impressed upon my heart to help stop the chain of destruction. The unsettling fact of the many years wasted behind those I served on the streets of New York City, is far greater than the good years ahead they still have on this earth. Surely, God promises in Joel 2:25, “I will restore the years the locust has eaten…”, but what a great mission it would be, to redeem those journeying the road of destruction early on in life.

Volunteering with Together For Adoption, has been a practical way for me to help others offer lasting impressions of hope to the orphans across the globe. Bringing stability, the love of Jesus, understanding and the ability to dream is now a reality to so many once forgotten.

I’m overflowing with expectation of not only the great turnout we will have at our National Conference, but the expectation and wonder of what God is going to do in and through us this October. Begin praying now, prayers of expectation.

My name is Brian Morgan, and I’m the Together For Adoption 2010 Conference Coordinator.


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