Clai, who works in the kitchen at the UGM Men’s Shelter, has come to have a deep and dynamic relationship with God. God has placed him in a job in which his faith is being strengthened, his hard-earned culinary skills are being used, and sometimes even to his surprise, he is daily encouraging and ministering to men who have walked through the same kinds of experiences he has gone through. But, like many of the people who become part of the community at UGM, his story began in difficult circumstances. His faith journey is more of a wandering road than a straight path leading to redemption.
During an interview with our case managers, I was reminded there is a difference between knowing something because I’ve scrutinized it, and knowing because I've walked alongside people in the midst of it.