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Xavier’s Baptism

Posted by Erik on July 16, 2008

I came across this video when I was cleaning out my computer. I’m so glad I looked at it. I almost lost it forever. This is my son Xavier’s baptism when he was 6 years old. The video is not good at all but it is all I have.


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A look at homelessness

Posted by Erik on September 22, 2007

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Xavier’s playing football

Posted by Erik on August 16, 2007

Xavier is playing flag football at his school this year. They don’t have tackle football for his age but that’s ok. I’m having fun with it anyway. His first practice was two days ago and I think he did well. We’ll see tonight with the next practice. His first game is on Saturday. We’ve been practicing in the backyard for a couple of days now. He’s improved. Now he can throw a spiral at you. We’re still working on his catching.

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Xavier’s Graduation

Posted by Erik on May 25, 2007

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Our Little Shopper

Posted by Erik on May 19, 2007

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Another Ho-Hum Day

Posted by Erik on May 16, 2007

I’m taking my break at work reflecting on my last week. Not too much to reflect on. My major highlight was working with Nightwatch ministering to the homeless of Greensboro. That’s pretty much consumed my thoughts. I’m not going back out this Friday but I am in a week and a half. I was told to limit it to about twice a month so as not to get burned out.

Erica is going to be featured in the local paper sometime soon. This morning she had an interview with one of the writers. Something about her being a woman in a prodominatly(sp?) male job. She’ll do well.

I heartily encourage you to read the chosen fast at or just visit the link on the side of the page. It’s about Night Watch and the homeless.

That’s all for now.


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Stamp out Hunger Day

Posted by Erik on May 13, 2007

Today was stamp out hunger day with the post office and the Salvation Army. Xavier and I went to help out. Xavier passed out water, helped cook the hotdogs and hamburgers and helped load the trailer.

The mail carriers came in droves dropping off donated food. You would not believe the amount of food that came in. It was a semi trailer full of food. You also would not believe some of the food that was donated. Everything from fresh salmon to organic peanut butter to cookies in a jar to a half eaten bag of crackers.

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My night with the Homeless

Posted by Erik on May 13, 2007

Last night I spent the night with the homeless of Greensboro. It’s a Salvation Army program called Night Watch. A group of volunteers go out to the streets and feed, clothe and talk to the homeless. We went to where they were: under bridges, at the train depot, in abandoned semi trailers and in sheds behind businesses. After we stocked the truck and prayed together we headed out.

Our first stop was to see Boyd. He lived in a shed behind a business and was happy to see us. He’s being forced to move out and he doesn’t know where he’s going. He was happy for the hot meal. Off to the next stop. This time I met Pete, Ricky and Franky. Pete professed a new life. Ricky was panhandling and Franky was preaching.

The most memorable was Jeff. Jeff lived under an overpass and was kicked out by the police and when he returned to get his belongings they were all gone. He was cleaned out. When we saw him he was wearing everything he owned.

This is where the rubber meets the road. It’s fine to pray about helping people. It’s fine to give money to the poor but to actually get out and feed them, clothe them and talk to them. Everyone of the men I met last night was, I think, most grateful to have someone to talk to. Someone to listen to them. Someone to care about THEM.

I also had a lot of fun with my team. Deb, Mark, Erik(the other Erik), Jeff and Michele. It’s rare that I’m with a group of people that seem to think like me and have the same desires as me. It felt like I was with long time friends. I really think I’ve found my calling.

Here’s the link for Night Watch

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Lydia rocking her horse

Posted by Erik on May 5, 2007

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Preacher says he’s Jesus Christ

Posted by Erik on May 4, 2007

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