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A Lasting Legacy

Jesse was raised by a single mother and thought he had to leave home to “be a man.” After becoming homeless, he returned to his mother who forgave him and instilled a legacy that continues today. Read Transcript


A REAL MAN, THAT'S WHAT I

MISSED.

I DIDN'T HAVE THAT.

SOMEBODY THAT CAN, YOU KNOW,

SHOW ME HOW TO BE A MAN.

I HAD MY MOM.

I WAS THE OLDEST BROTHER.

IT WAS KIND OF HARD BECAUSE

THERE IS A LOT OF

RESPONSIBILITY THAT WAS

THROWN ON MY PLATE THAT I

DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT.

I GOT REAL RESENTFUL.

I WANTED TO BE MORE

INDEPENDENT, I WANTED TO DO

MY OWN THING.

SO SHE ASKED ME TO LEAVE OUR

HOUSE.

I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD

THING.

I THOUGHT THAT IS WHAT I

REALLY WANTED.

16, 17 YEARS OLD AT THE

TIME, TRYING TO GO TO SCHOOL

AND WORK, AND I WAS TRYING

TO BE MY OWN MAN, BUT I

COULDN'T DO IT.

I FOUND MYSELF IN THE

STREETS, HOMELESS.

MY PRIDE WAS SET IN.

I WAS DOING THE WRONG

THINGS.

WOMEN AND DRUGS.

THAT WAS MY DAY.

MAKE A LITTLE MONEY TO GET

HIGH, AND WAIT UNTIL LATER

AND THE EVENING AND TRY TO

FIND SOME WOMEN OR SOMETHING

LIKE THAT.

I HAD NO PURPOSE, MAN.

JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT.

TRYING TO EAT.

AND MY PRIDE WOULDN'T LET ME

GO BACK AND ASK MY MOM, CAN

I COME BACK HOME?

SO I WAS OUT THERE FOR A

WHILE.

AND WHEN THE WINTERTIME

CAME, IT WAS HARSH.

IT WAS BITTER.

I LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT.

I WAS DOWN TO A RAIL.

I STARTED PRAYING.

I COULDN'T DO IT NO MORE.

I WAS LITERALLY BROKEN.

I WAS TO THE POINT WHERE I

WAS TIRED OF BEING OUTSIDE.

I WAS TIRED OF BEING COLD,

HUNGRY.

I CRIED ON GOD.

I WENT BACK AND TALKED TO MY

MOM.

I TOLD HER WHAT WAS GOING

ON.

IT WAS HARD.

BECAUSE IT WAS LIKE THE

PRODIGAL CHILD COMING BACK

HOME, YOU KNOW.

SHE DIDN'T CARE WHAT I SAID,

WHAT I'VE DONE, THE TROUBLE

I GOT IN.

SHE WAS, LIKE, LOOK, YOU'RE

HOME, YOU'RE FINE.

WE CAN WORK IT OUT.

THAT'S WHEN I TOTALLY

STARTED RESPECTING MY MOM.

SO IT WAS A BIG, DRASTIC

CHANGE FROM ONE YEAR TO THE

NEXT.

I MEAN, TOTAL TURNAROUND.

I MET MY WIFE.

MY MOTHER'S HEALTH STARTED

DECLINING.

I DIDN'T KNOW THAT SHE WAS

SICK LIKE THAT.

I

TALKED TO THE DOCTORS, AND

THAT'S WHEN I KNEW IT WAS

REALLY, REALLY BAD.

I WAS DOING WELL FOR MYSELF

AND WORKING, AND MY MOM

NEEDED SOMEBODY TO REALLY

LOOK OUT FOR HER.

SO I SAID, I'M GOING TO MOVE

YOU TO CHARLOTTE.

I THOUGHT WE WERE DOING

FINE.

I CAME BACK FROM VACATION,

AND I CALLED HER UP.

AND I SAID, HEY, MOM, HOW

YOU DOING?

AND SHE WAS IN THE

HOSPITAL.

AND SHE SAID, I'M FINE.

AND I SAID, WHAT'S THE

MATTER?

AND SHE SAID, BABY, COME

OVER TO THE HOSPITAL.

> I SAID, LOOK, STOP THAT.

AS SOON AS I GET OFF WORK,

I'LL BE RIGHT OVER THERE.

45 MINUTES LATER, THERE WAS

A PHONE CALL FROM THE

HOSPITAL.

THEY SAID YOUR MOM SLIPPED

INTO A COMA.

AND I WAS, LIKE, WHAT?

I JUST TALKED TO HER.

AND SO THEY SAID, YOU NEED

TO COME DOWN TO THE

HOSPITAL.

SO I RAN RIGHT DOWN THERE,

AND SHE WAS UNCONSCIOUS.

AND THAT'S WHEN IT ALL

CHANGED.

I STARTED THINKING ABOUT MY

SOUL.

DEATH WAS A REAL REALITY

NOW.

I KNEW THE WORD OF GOD, BUT

I DIDN'T PRACTICE IT LIKE I

SHOULD HAVE.

THAT'S WHEN THE REALITY

KICKED IN.

I KNEW I HAD TO GET MY LIFE

TOGETHER.

I KNEW FOR MY SON AND

DAUGHTER, I HAD TO BE A

BETTER DAD BECAUSE I DIDN'T

HAVE A DAD.

WE WERE AT CHURCH, AND FOR

THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG

TIME I FELT THAT PEACE.

AND THE PASTOR PREACHED ON

SPIRITUAL WARFARE, AND I

TELL YOU, HE SET A FIRE UP

UNDER ME.

I HAD A FIRE FOR THE LORD

THEN.

WHATEVER HE WANTED ME TO DO

IN THE CHURCH, CLEANING,

PAINTING, WHATEVER.

I WAS JUST HAPPY TO BE PART

OF THE BODY OF THE CHRIST OF

GOD.

I WASN'T ANGRY ANYMORE.

I WASN'T LASHING OUT

ANYMORE.

I HAD A TRUE LOVE FOR GOD.

I GOT A JOB WHERE THEY HAD

CHRISTIAN VALUES AND MORALS

AND STANDARDS.

I LOVE IT.

AND THAT'S EIGHT YEARS AGO.

TODAY, I'M STILL WORKING FOR

THE SAME PEOPLE.

GOD USES ME RIGHT NEW TODAY,

USING MY SKILLS FOR THE

PEOPLE DOWNTOWN, THE

HOMELESS, THE SHUT-INS, THE

SENIOR CITIZENS.

OH, NOH, MY GOD, IT'S ON

FIRE.

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, BIBLE

STUDY EVERY DAY.

I GET TO HELP PEOPLE GO BACK

HOME.

I'VE HELPED PEOPLE GET

JOBS.

I'VE HELPED THEM GET

APARTMENTS.

THIS IS NOT ME DOING IT.

THIS IS GOD DOING IT THROUGH

ME.

IT IS NOT OVER WITH.

GOD REVEALED HE HAS SOME

BIGGER PLANS FOR ME IN THE

FUTURE.

IT IS UNBELIEVABLE.

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