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My name’s Reed and I’m a 2nd-year Christ in the City missionary from Johns Creek, Georgia.
After graduating from the University of Georgia this May, I spent this summer with CIC. My plan was then to teach English in Spain for a year, I even received my dream placement to teach in Granada after a late application. Within 5 days I had to accept or reject this opportunity, despite barely having begun the summer program. Without knowing much of how this summer would go, I decided to commit to a year (thank you, Jesus!). For brevity’s sake, I left Denver at the end of July in tears. The Lord is truly never outdone in generosity. I gave a little, and He’s already given me so much here: family, healing and a depth and joy to life I didn’t know was possible. I can’t wait to return and continue encountering and loving our friends on the street. Jesus, I trust in you!
There’s no place to hide here. What’s brought the most growth is recognizing how I’ve hid from myself and learning who I am again with Jesus and through a loving community. By serving the poor on such a consistent basis, the encounters with Jesus are no longer distinct but become a dynamic, edifying, and life-giving relationship.
I found a St. Benedict medal in the CIC spice cabinet several weeks ago, and I’ve been wearing it ever since! I love doing dishes even though it usually ends in lots of singing and dancing and not much cleaning. Give me spare time and I will fill it with reading, coffee, and good conversation. My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo, and my favorite coffee shop is called The Pour in Panama City Beach (it’s sooo cool, they don’t keep any profit and they have studio apartments to host recovering addicts). My hopes are to one day develop communities for the homeless that foster dignifying relationships full of virtue and love!