Mikel's Story - Kindness
Updated: Sep 5, 2021
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Kindness - Mikel's Story
Amelia Earhart once said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make trees.” Little did Mikel know at the age of 60 and after a journey such as his that his path would again lead him to the Victory Center where his weekly management of the community food pantry would leave a lasting impression of kindness on the Clinton community!
Kindness is an interesting word to use, especially given Mikel’s history. During our interview, Mikel shared that his time at the Victory Center has taught him to be more loving, kind and compassionate. However, these traits were a struggle given Mikel’s hard upbringing and that hard upbringing eventually led him to cope through drinking. His alcoholic past is what brought Mikel to the Victory Center Rescue Mission in early 2000 for the first time, where as he put it, “I had belief in God but I was not really living it and wasn’t really committed.”
It wasn’t until 2019, when he came back to the Victory Center for a second time that his life turned around, “If I had gone much longer without help, I would have fallen,” he shared regarding his return to the Victory Center Rescue Mission. Mikel expressed that everything is different this time, “the questions I ask are different, my attitude is different this time and I understand things on a different level.” Currently a Team Leader at the Men’s Shelter and working towards his Bible Degree through Inste Bible College, Mikel stresses that he works hard to stay “spiritually fit!”
Mikel’s passion is a firm reminder of the scripture found in 1 Chronicles 22:19a which says, “ Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.” Mikel’s continued kindness in all he does is a shining testament of his faith in Christ!