The Touch That Transforms – Riches-to-Rags Story
Key Bible Verse: “Everyone who has given up … property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return”. – Matthew 19:29
Bonus Reading: Matthew 19: 27-30
In the 1980s, Kevin Bradley was engrossed in the fast-paced, big-money world of a Baltimore stockbroker. He and his wife Marilyn led a comfortable life. But God was drawing him away from the rich to the homeless.
He’d seen them weekdays as he walked to the office, and began to occasionally take the people he met to breakfast, “I got really interested,” he says, “in who they were and how they got to where they were.”
After much prayer, Kevin quit his job in 1991 to start the non-profit Outreach Foundation, dedicated to helping the homeless become independent citizens. The foundation meets emergency needs and offers the Wings Life Skills Training Program that Kevin developed—teaching men and women how to channel their God-given talents and desires into productive careers.
At first, the Bradleys lived off their savings, but that became tough since they were raising less than $10,000 a year. “At times we had less food in our pantry than some of the people we were helping” recalls Kevin. Eventually, their perseverance paid off.
Today, with many financial backers, the Outreach Foundation continues to grow, and the Wings program is being used nationwide.
—Randy Bishop in Christian Reader
My Response: A person I could listen to and care about is ____.
Thought to Apply: Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier. —Albert Schweitzer (French medical missionary & musician)
Adapted from an article in Christian Reader
Prayer for the Week: Please make my life count, Lord, by helping to transform the lives of those who are hurting.