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Change calls for faith


Monday, June 19, 2017

Ask not what God can do for Greenville. But ask what Greenville can do for God.

Since 2011, the same man has been leading Greenville and now he is departing because the North Carolina Global Trans Park feels that he is just the man to become their executive director.

As a man who rides a bicycle, I do worry who is going to slide into Greenville's driving seat. For I see how Vidant Health and ECU have prospered. As the retiring mayor says, he is walking away from something he thinks is going incredibly well.

As a self-confessed "man of God" and a one-time resident of a homeless shelter, I look at life from the other side of the railway tracks, especially in the Dickinson Avenue area. East I see the vacant shops which will soon be home to new businesses making a profit for and from somebody who does not have the best interests of Greenville at heart.

On the other side of the tracks, I see a number of small churches, the Community Crossroads Center, and a collection of buildings which range from ideal homes to run down, neglected and abandoned properties. An area populated by men, women and children, whom I regard as my neighbors.

God has given me two great commandments: Love him and love my neighbors as myself.

In the past, I have tried feeding people in the park on a Sunday afternoon. But now much more is needed from those of us who cling to the Christian faith.

In the next few weeks I intend to visit each and every religious building in the area to try to work with brothers and sisters in Christ to strengthen their faith, give them fresh hope and show them that they are loved for who they are and not for which corporate body employs them.