I was the lucky recipient of such a brush-up last week. In a pawn shop of all places. The person who started Underground Cafe to feed the hungry in Wichita, KS, was there receiving a donation.
This man was so full of God and life, it practically poured out of him and spilled onto everyone nearby. He told us his story in such a cheerful way with a laugh that carried through the room.
He's 65. His grandmother taught him to cook at age 12 in Louisiana. At 20, he went to Vietnam and - having been tasked with demolition work - when someone asked "Is there anyone here who can cook?" he jumped at the chance.
"I didn't know God was preparing me for this," he told my husband and I.
Well, "this" is a crazy successful ministry to feed the hungry. Every Wednesday he cooks for, at times, nearly 300 people, all done with donations and volunteer time.
"There are people who can't wait to get off work at 5 p.m. to come over and help out. I haven't had anyone volunteer to help cook though, but it's not me cooking, it's God. I don't even know each week what I'm going to make."
He told us, "When we started we fed 47 people and that was the last time it was only that many. Now it's more like 247."
This bright spirit opened the ministry one year ago. As he walked out of the store today, he bounced - the kind of bounce done by someone completely convinced and convicted of what they are doing. His spirit was infectious.
What a blessing to have known this person for just a few moments. Go on over and check out this ministry and what God is doing through it.