He could clearly get a full-time job. He is gifted, and it is obvious. Yes, he could get a full-time job with benefits, and he could get himself a luxurious home. And he could live a luxurious life. But he lives a life of walking by faith instead. Faith in God. Faith in God’s will for his life. And it is clear to me the Lord has not called him to a full-time paid job right now. But God has called him to a full-time job – loving and serving the Lord with all his heart and helping the huge homeless population in Savannah. The job God has given him does not pay with a weekly paycheck, nor with the typical benefits job seekers hope to have. But my friend is not seeking money and a retirement fund. He is seeking a life of faith, love, and obedience to our King.
Instead, he poured his heart and soul into organizing a large meeting of people ranging from Christians to Jews, to a homeless veteran to a woman who lives in an RV traveling the nation to document stories of homeless women and kids, to the mayor pro tempe of Savannah, to a police officer with a soft spot for the homeless, and others. The meeting did not result from a long time of planning. The meeting resulted from a mighty move of God through my friend’s love, dedication, and diligence in seeking and doing the Lord’s will.
But what stands out to me is in the midst of his own hardship, nobody would know.
He did not stand in front of the crowd with pity, with complaining, with bitterness, nor with a selfish motive to turn the meeting into an opportunity to obtain help for himself. My friend already knows he has the hope he needs because he has the Lord. In fact, he reminds me of Moses. Moses embraced the vision God gave him and threw himself into leading a people in bondage out of Egypt. Moses did not expend his energy seeking manna for himself and bypassing what he was called to do for the Lord and others. Instead, he focused on the Lord and helping others with their own needs. Like Moses, my friend trusts the Lord as his provider – and as the provider for a world in need.
If you would like to talk to him directly about the work he does or to make a donation to help him stay in his home while he continues to help the homeless, please use the following contact information:
912-659-0696 cell phone
Just hours after publishing this article, I learned from my big brother in Christ Marvin Heery that the Lord provided through a reunion with a friend he had not seen in a half-century most of the provision necessary to avoid eviction and maintain his rental home for another month. In the typical fashion of my friend, he was more thrilled with learning how his long-ago friend could help with his work helping the homeless than he was to learn of his own eviction being avoided.
I ENCOURAGE YOU to consider opening up your hearts to PRAY and perhaps to DONATE to help Marvin Heery to continue to live indoors to maximize his ability to continue his work loving the Lord and serving a population of people in dire need.