One evening, back in 2007, a volunteer, Dan Hogan who later became an Advisory Board member introduced Everton Heron to our weekly under the bridge ministry called The Salvation Army Soup Wagon. This ministry provides a hot meal, lovingly prepared on our 16 foot mobile feeding kitchen that feeds an estimated 100-200 homeless men and women (our street family) under the Jefferson Street bridge.
As soon as Everton arrived under the bridge and scanned the sea of faces who waited patiently in a single file line for their plate, he knew he was home! Without hesitation, Everton went up to each person, shook their hand, asked their name and if they needed it, prayed with them. He became committed at that very moment and for the years that followed, he’s never failed to make this ministry his priority week after week. In fact, in 2010, he officially became a member of our Nashville Advisory Board and unless business takes him elsewhere, you will find this incredible man of God under the bridge loving on the “least of these.” At times, words aren’t necessary because there is a certain glow about him that exemplifies the love of Christ and people are naturally drawn to it as they seek reassurance and acceptance amidst their difficult and seemingly hopeless circumstances. His infectious smile and loving arms lets you know that we’re all one big family and that together we can move forward; together we can lift each other up to be the brightest examples of God’s amazing grace!
Thank you Everton, for being a star; for being a light that is constantly shining to guide those walking in darkness back to a Father who loves them!