Frank’s Story

Crossroads.TV – Outreach kicked off the month of February with an event at The Foundation Dinners in Lancaster, Ohio.  The Foundation Dinners is a religious organization devoted to helping those in need by providing warm meals seven days a week.  A group of 10 people who thought they were signing up to help prepare and serve food for others,  found themselves being blessed by the heartfelt story of a man named Frank.

Frank (waving) mentors young people at The Foundation Shelter.
Frank (waving) mentors young men at The Foundation Shelter.

Frank is homeless and is a resident at The Foundation Shelter where they provide a bed, a shower and a warm place to stay.  Many years ago, Frank lost both of his parents.   He then set out on a journey, taking nothing with him, not knowing where he was going.  What he did know was how angry he felt towards God.  Frank was born poor, raised poor and today, at the age of 63, is still poor, but God had been with him on this journey and had a purpose for his life.

Through a series of miracles, Frank found forgiveness.  From that point forward, Frank has lived for God.  He spends his days sharing words from the Bible and teaching the younger men at The Foundation about how to take the next steps. He is a mentor for the young and old who visit The Foundation Dinners.  The cataracts on both of his eyes, which prevent him from seeing clearly, do not stop Frank from sharing his favorite verses, Romans 5:1-8. He dreamt of this verse as a child and has always carried it with him.

Romans 5:1-8 (NIV)

Peace and Hope

“5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Before we left for the day, Frank asked us one question.  He said, “If you won a million dollars and then lost it, how would it affect your life?”  How would you answer this question?  Frank said that it would not move him either way, because even though he has never had anything , he has survived with God by his side.  Frank’s happiness comes from a real relationship with his Heavenly Father.  Frank’s story isn’t of his poverty or his ailments.  It is a story of everlasting hope for people who find God.

Outreach is so much more than signing up for an event.  It is an opportunity to see God at work in the lives of His people…and maybe even yours.  Find your opportunity!