As I walked into church that morning, nothing seemed different except all the beautiful lilies that surrounded the waterfall, in the front of the stage. I walked in and greeted everyone as normal.
As our guest was announced, he walked up to the front of the stage. He looked a little shy and nervous. His eyes are dark brown, his hair long and wavy, he was wearing jeans, boots and carrying his guitar.
As he sat on the stool with his acoustic guitar, he began to speak softly...
He started to tell us about his terrible upbringing. He explained that his father abandoned his family when he was just a boy. His mother then remarried. Him and his sister were raised by their stepfather, who was very cruel and abusive. His mother ended up in prison. The abuse became so bad that his stepfather tried to kill him, and ended up in prison for attempted murder.
This sweet innocent boy ended up in the foster care system and eventually on the streets. He had nowhere to go, no one to take care of him and no way to take care of himself. He was homeless, lost, lonely, and hungry!
Tears welled up in my eyes as he was sharing his story and my heart ached for this boy, now a young man; sitting in front of me.
Seeing him and knowing him as a famous singer, I would have never expected it!
As he continued with his story, he told us about a couple that took him in off the streets and let him live with them. The couple had one condition, that he attend church on Sunday's, which he agreed.
As he began to sing, his voice was deep and crystal clear. There was so much power coming out of his voice, that I could feel the vibration in my soul.
As I was listening to him sing, I had chills all over my body and I began to weep uncontrollably. In fact, I don't think there was a dry eye in church that morning.
This young man, was none other than famous Country singer, Jimmy Wayne.
To this day, I still can't listen to this song or watch the video without crying...
Jimmy Wayne ~ I love you this much
Jimmy has continued in his faith, his music, and most of all he is continuing to raise awareness. He began project Meet Me Halfway, to raise awareness of the fact that too many youth (especially those that are aging out of the foster care system) are facing circumstances similar to what he faced.
Meet Me Halfway kicked off January 1, 2010. Jimmy started to walk halfway across America, from Nashville to Arizona.
Thank you to all of you that have shown your support to Jimmy, MMH, and especially for supporting the children. And thank you to those that brought Jimmy coffee or just stopped on the side of the road, to give him a hug.
I'll leave Y'all with this...
Thank you JESUS!!!
Happy Easter Everyone!
Jimmy Wayne ~ Meet Me Halfway
Meet Me Halfway
Paper Angels ~ Book by Jimmy Wayne