Mike: A Story of Restoration
Right now there are over 63,000 people experiencing homelessness in New York City. Each of these individuals have their own unique story, their own experience of this tragedy.
We consider it an honor that thousands of individuals allow us to walk through this painful season with them every year.
One of the amazing individuals we have had the experience to serve in this way is a man named Mike. We met Mike three years ago through our Restore program. At the time, Mike was bouncing from shelter to shelter, and he felt overlooked, belittled, and misunderstood. Even with people crammed all around him, Mike still felt in his heart “I am alone.”
One day, Mike walked past one of our Restore sites where he was introduced to a love that he had never before experienced. This love drove Mike to return back to our site week after week, making a friend along the way.
Each week, Mike’s new friend, Nick, asked him to attend a Dream Center Church service. After some time Mike said, “How many times can I say I’m coming soon?”
After attending his first service at Dream Center Church, Mike noticed something different than what he had been experiencing every day. He saw people who loved one other, shared their lives with one another, and prayed together. Mike saw the love of Christ and wanted to be a part of it.
Meeting Jesus completely changed Mike’s life.
Mike went from experiencing complete hopelessness and loneliness to saying “the Lord’s word is food for the soul, and more you know the more you heal.” Jesus began to restore the hurts of Mike’s past and provide a life-giving community. Mike found a place with the Dream Center and now has a well-paying job that is allowing him to move into long-term housing.
Mike’s life is being restored from the inside out.
Thank you, Mike for being part of the Dream Center community. Thank you for letting us walk with you when times were hard and for choosing to trust God no matter what. We love you.