I read the book “As Different as Me” and watched several videos online before seeing the movie. The film focuses on how Ron, Deborah and Denver met on a mission in Texas. The story began with a dream Deborah had about befriending a certain homeless man. In the process of repairing a bruised marriage, they began volunteering with their local rescue mission.
As the friendship develops, all three lives change. The key to helping the homeless is investing in long-term living. Denver explained it with a fishing word. He said he didn’t want a catch-and-release friendship. The film ends with Deborah’s funeral and the dedication of a new chapel at the mission in her memory.
The book went much deeper into the story of each of their lives and experiences together over a decade. I was glad I read it first. If I hadn’t read it, this would have been just a feel-good film. The book poured out her soul.
I have a young woman in my life that I can identify with like in this film. We can definitely see God’s hand in our lives over time. Decades later, we begin to see the fruits of the seeds planted.
A mission is a great place to get together. I volunteered on a mission for four years and it was a great experience. However, I want to remember that while this was a great story, safety should come first, especially when children are involved.
Even if you don’t have money to donate, your time and friendship can make a big difference. I’ve had great conversations with people I dealt with in Maryland. I told them they didn’t have to fake anything and that I was proud of them for completing the program. They told me when they got there that they were leaving, but when they saw me coming in after work to volunteer for my free time, it inspired them to stay because they saw that I really cared.
If you want to see changes in the world, join us. Nothing changes if you just keep to yourself. We all need someone, even if we don’t know it. God can do great things if we listen to the nudges He sends us. I have experienced it in my life. He can do it for you. With a little help you can find your way home.