I am so honored to post this podcast! Listen in as Greg Hoyte shares his story with us. (Greg is next to his sister in the above picture.)
You will be fascinated by Greg’s story. He shares his journey from his childhood in Guyana, South America to Brooklyn, New York. He moved to New York when he was 14 years old after his parents worked in the US for years to earn enough money for the kids to join them. Initially excited and feeling like a dream came true, he found himself caught up in the violence of the Brooklyn streets as a teenager, filled with fear and rage and thinking there was no way out. But God showed up and provided a way. Looking back Greg can see that God never left him. This is a story of family, immigration, violence, fear, grace and hope. This is an American story.
As he talked, I just sat listening, fascinated. He “puts skin on” so many things we talk about today – immigration, violence, public education in American cities, gangs, family, friendship, God, faith, race, respect, discipline, the American dream, fear, hope.
Greg lives in Wisconsin now with his beautiful wife Amy and their three amazing kids.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. -Psalm 23:4
I’m thrilled to be having a conversation with Alan Graham on the podcast today about his ministry and his new book! He is an inspiration for sure- funny, down to earth, wise and inspiring. I’m so grateful for his “YES!” to sharing his heart with us! Listen in, you will love him!
You can buy Alan’s new book, “Welcome Homeless” here: http://mlf.org/welcomehomeless/#_preorder-now
ABOUT THE BOOK
Homeless. No other word better describes our modern-day suffering. It reveals one of our deepest and most painful conditions—not having a sense of belonging. However, Alan Graham, founder of Mobile Loaves & Fishes and Community First! Village, is improving the quality of life for a vast number of people by sharing his personal story of becoming more human through humanizing others. In Welcome Homeless, Graham delves deep into what it means to be connected to God, the earth, and each other. In doing so, he shows us the home we’ve all longed for but never had.
Graham wants to engrain the human story in you so deeply that you start being who you were made to be—that you start being like the image from which you were made. In Welcome Homeless, Graham also shares the stories of the homeless, and the stories of those whose worldviews have been shifted by the homeless in a raw, humorous, and honest voice. Home is fundamentally a place of connection and of relationships that are life-giving and foundational, and Graham invites you to make everyone feel truly at home by finally inviting those living on the fringes of society into your heart.
To learn more about Mobile Loaves & Fishes, click here: www.mlf.org You can also find a link to give for Amplify Austin, March 2nd-3rd, on the website.
Oh y’all… This one is so good!! I cried a little during our conversation. I know that probably comes as no surprise to you. This is a HOLY conversation about parenting a child with special needs. I am speaking with my friend, Carrie Strachan. She has four beautiful children and her son Matthew has Down Syndrome. He is 20 years old now. This will bless you if you have a child with special needs no doubt but also if you don’t. Because Carrie is a blessing. She is wise and kind and thoughtful. She is my friend through Holy Yoga and I was mentioning to another friend from Holy Yoga that we were recording a podcast and that friend said, “Don’t you love her? Don’t you just want to crawl up on the couch with her and have her talk to you and make you feel like everything is going to be alright?” Uh…yes. So consider yourself curled up on the couch with us, listening and sharing and drinking coffee and feeling less alone. That’s my hope…that you will feel a part of this conversation among friends.
Moms…we see you…we feel you. When we talk about living out a greater calling on your life, there is no greater calling than that of being a mom. I know some days it really feels like drudgery. I can’t tell you how often I think, “Why do these people need to eat again?” My mom gave me a magnet once that says, “Who are these people and why are they calling me mom?” Honestly, it’s just so ordinary and routine and downright boring at times.
But God. He is so in this. And if you let Him in, the results, the outcome of all your years of hard work…the kids grown…you grown…your marriage grown…it’s just downright spectacular. Amazing.
This motherhood thing never ends, it doesn’t matter how old your kids are. In addition to parenting, we are usually trying to figure out all the other tough stuff including marriage, career, and faith life. Or if you are like me you might still be trying to figure out how to do laundry well and what’s for dinner. Half the time we are just wondering, “Is everyone going to turn out alright? Am I even all right? Who put me in charge?”
I’ve heard it said that our kids pick us. I don’t think that necessarily but I do trust that God picks us. He specifically gives us the children who need us and who we need. Our children force us to lean into God because we don’t have all the answers. And there He is. Loving us. Transforming us.
He loves our children more than we do. They were His first. He knows every hair on their head and He calls them good. Every single unique child, born to change the world. Isn’t it miraculous?
I’m grateful for this conversation. I hope you will listen in and be encouraged!
Happy Valentine’s day!