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You would be hard-pressed to find someone more softhearted and kind than Marshall. He’s a hard worker, too. But for the first few months after he came to Cityteam, he carried a terrible burden of grief and shame.
A tragic work accident where a child was injured weighed heavily on his mind.
“I can’t talk about it without bawling,” Marshall told us. “I do a lot more crying than I do talking, because it’s so painful.”
Eventually, the trauma of the accident drove Marshall to drink 30 cans of beer a day. He became sick and malnourished.
“I was like death walking around,” said Marshall. “Only they hadn’t buried me yet.”
To make matters worse, his years of hard work as a carpenter, plumber, tile layer and electrician had taken their toll. He became crippled by sciatic nerve and back pain.
“My doctor told me I’d never do construction work again,” he said. “You can’t tell that to somebody like me who’s worked all his life.”
Without a job, Marshall sold his car to pay for rent and groceries. When that money ran out, he was hungry and homeless until he came to Cityteam.
The Power of Kindness
“I’ve never seen people care so much for a human being as they did,” he said of the staff and volunteers at Cityteam.
“Having healthy meals each day helped make the difference in my healing process,” Marshall said.
Marshall worked hard in our rigorous life transformation program. But what meant the most was learning the fate of the injured little boy: our staff tracked down a picture of the child playing varsity football . . . he is completely healed!
Knowing about God’s grace was vital to Marshall’s recovery. And at Cityteam, he got what he needed to forgive himself.
“I study my Bible. It’s better than watching TV,” he said with joy. “And when they are singing in church, I cry . . . because I feel the Holy Spirit and now I have new life in Him.”
Marshall graduated from Cityteam and has moved on to a brand new life.