This is my friend Charles, celebrating his birthday a couple months ago at the donut shop on Ninth Street where we host a little Bible Study. On his birthday four years ago, he was alone in a city park, suffering a stroke. Two years ago, he started coming out to the Ninth Street Café (more on the Ninth Street Café here: http://ywam-modesto.blogspot.com/2012/07/from-9th-st-cafe-how-to-make-iced.html). He barely spoke a word, and mostly kept to himself. Today, he is loved and surrounded by community. He comes out every day to a daily prayer meeting held at the church he now calls home. He’s still a man of few words, but he’s always ready with a smile and a chuckle. He is a true brother and a real blessing to me and a lot of other people around here.
And I would love for you to meet him!
Please consider being a part of the upcoming ‘Beards In Action’ experience! For more info, check out this blog entry: http://beardedgospelmen.wordpress.com/, and shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Yes, it’s been a while since we’ve had a featured Bearded Gospel Man (and I promise to get to all those that have been waiting!), but today I wanted to feature a good friend of mine, Big Ron. I first met Ron at the Ninth Street Café, a kind of outdoor drop-in center we host for the street community here in Modesto, California. As I’ve gotten to know Ron, I’ve been amazed by his incredible gentleness, humility, and genuine love for people. He has been through a lot, and is far from wealthy, but he’s continually giving of himself to the people around him. Every week, I get to pray with Ron, and I’m always amazed at his prayers as he intercedes for people. I’ve jokingly dubbed him “the prayer ninja”.
He also has an incredible ability to offer prayer to strangers he meets in a way that is completely natural and unforced. He often tells us about people he’s met on the bus who opened up to him and invited him to pray for them. I think what makes his prayers so special is that there is absolutely nothing pretentious or forced about them. Have you ever met someone whose prayer is really just a way of preaching at you? Ron is the exact opposite of that. His prayers are a humble expression of a heart that truly cares. I hope I can be more like that.
I have another reason for posting his profile here, and that’s to encourage you to come and meet him! We first connected with Ron through our ministry with the street community, and you are invited to come be a part of that ministry through the Bearded Gospel Men “Beards in Action” trip! We’ve hosted a lot of teams from all kinds of churches and other groups here, and we’ve gotten pretty darn good at it! It doesn’t cost much and it’s a lot of fun. More than that, it can also be life changing.
You can find more info about the BGM “Beards in Action” experience here: http://beardedgospelmen.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/beards-and-burritos-the-plan-comes-together/
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The BGM Christmas Beard Contest begins tonight at 9pm EST / 6pm Pacific.
Win 2 bottles of Beard Oil from CanYouHandlebar.com, AND a customized, way-cool finger puppet of yourself from Lil’ Beards!Let’s see your best Christmas Beard photo! There are 3 categories with a total of 5 winners:
Best Yukon Cornelius,
Best Wise Man.
The 5 winners will come from the top votes in each category. One Santa, one Yukon Cornelius, and the top 3 Wise Men. (To be clear, we’re not looking for a group shot of 3 Wise Men. The top 3 single wise men will be the winners).
Enter here: http://woobox.com/xxr5yv