Posted: November 22
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Posted: July 12
If you are a storyteller, pull up a seat and 'set a spell' with Joon Han.
Joon, a Korean man here in the US since 1981 and who visits our clinic for medical services, frequently helps out in the New Life Food or Clothing Pantry. When asked about his favorite memories he says, "My favorite memory? A good story!" Especially stories where he can, like a good 'method actor', explore the motivations of a character. He says he'd like to tell stories on film about why people do what they do.
Joon says he once made a 8-mm movie, a kind of love story, as an independent film many years ago, but he couldn't get it shopped around to an outlet for showing. But that hasn't stopped him from thinking, dreaming about, and creating stories.
Stories are good ways to help us explore ourselves or life around us when things haven't been good, or family is distant. And times have often been rough for Joon in his family. Joon says if he had a notebook computer and some 'space', as in office space, he'd like to write stories for 'popcorn movies' - mystery thrillers and movies that have great motives in their story lines.
Come chat with Joon sometime and listen to more about his creative side. Maybe you could help Joon explore God's motive in His love for us by creatively telling him Gospel stories - I'm sure you have your own story to tell, too. We enjoy Joon because of his enthusiasm, gentle spirit, and willingness to serve. Maybe you'll discover like we have that Joon has 'A Beautiful Mind' in search of a good story.
Posted: June 14
Jose Luis Hernandez
Some people would say 10 years in New York City is 10 years too long, but not Jose Luis Hernandez.
Jose Luis is a day-laborer who came to New York City around 2004, and says he has been here ‘just’ 10 years, as if it’s been a whirlwind and not long enough for him. He is one of many south-of-the-border immigrant men who regularly crowd the street corners at 69th St. and Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside/Queens, New York City, looking for daily work from local employers who offer day jobs. Sometimes he lives with friends and other times he stays with some family members that live here.
Jose Luis doesn’t always get work from day contractors, but he’s always hopeful and looks forward to the next day. Maybe with a good steady job, he could help his 5 brothers and 2 sisters, and his mom who is back in Mexico. His favorite memories of back home are Sundays with his mom, and ‘eating (together) after mass’.
Jose Luis didn’t have his father at home much when he was growing up and his mom helped raise the family mostly by herself. Maybe that makes it hard for him to know how to direct his life here in America. But he is willing to make new friends for things like a Bible study or a men’s group to give him some focus and help him gain better skills such as learning English. Jose Luis wants what most people are looking for when they come here - a good job, so he can ‘have more money and a good life.’ Your financial support of the health center allows us to provide him a place to shower and a Christian focus. Pray with us that through the health center we can guide him to the One who provides the ultimate ‘good life’.
To learn more about the life of day laborers like Jose Luis, see this New York Times article: