The next week, Joel was back. And then the next. I've seen Joel around. He's got it pretty tough (he doesn't have a home). He lives meal to meal. In this time of recession, many of us are complaining because we can't eat out as often. Joel is happy just to eat.
Yesterday we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new campus. We talked for several weeks about inviting a friend. If everyone brings one friend, we could double our attendance. So we prayed for people to invite, we invited, and we prayed. Over 300 people came. It was awesome! But one of the most awesome stories was Joel. Joel invited friends too. And one of his friends came! Daryl is also homeless, but he was happy to be at church with us.
Joel is the perfect example of what every Christian should be. He took the challenge to bring a friend to church. And he did. And that's the way it should be.