One of the ministries at FUMCFW is a community breakfast served every Sunday morning in Wesley Hall at 7:15 am. Most of the guests are people without homes. The breakfast team of about 25 people prepare or buy food to bring each Sunday, serving up a smorgasbord of tasty food served with smiles and love. Three musicians share their gifts, adding to the atmosphere of a pleasant dining experience. A short homily is given and Communion is offered to those who wish to participate.
Sometimes the guests and hosts form relationships and we get to know a little about how the guests are managing life on the streets and where they are in achieving the goal of getting housing. Recently one man was able to reconcile with family in California. Before he left Fort Worth, he shared this story:
“Life on the street was hard, and there were times when I wanted to give up. Lots of people are rude to you and seem to have very little concern for your well-being. It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s hard to stay clean, and it’s hard to find work. It’s hard to stay in a good mood, and easy to get pretty angry and frustrated. People think we should ‘just get a job,’ but how are you going to do that when you can’t get a shower, can’t find a job on the bus line, don’t have money for bus fare, and you feel like crap about half the time?
But, I will say this. Of all my experiences in Fort Worth, the bright spot was the breakfast at FUMCFW, and the way I was treated by the people at First Street Methodist Mission. The way you people treated me made me realize that some people do care, and it kind of kept me going. I just want to say thank you.”
The man said our work kept him going.
His story keeps us going.