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((((((Odessa, Texas, ...

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thephatic

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2014-10-17

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((((((Odessa, Texas, no. 4))))))
Mary Ann, a local woman who was providing a roof for several gay kids at the time, in an interview | "We attended this church for about five years, like I said, we did street ministry. It was non-denominational, it's Agape Dream Center. They do a lot of street ministry. They built homes, they're almost close to Team Challenge [rehab]. Of course, my husband was in Team Challenge. Yeh, Agape is pretty much what stands for love, we reach out to people in need, food on Thanksgiving, we have street parties, with bounce houses, we set up little booths for kids, on the south side of Odessa, that's where most of the drug dealers live. That's the kind of thing I like doing, I feel good about myself, trying to serve others, helping others. I stayed with that church for a long time and Jimmy Dennis, the preacher, he's a very good friend of my ex-husband. The majority of people around here are non-denominational. You don't want people judging you. Whoever comes to the house, I'm not here to judge you. Gay friends? They're family. I see people for who they are, not for what they are. I go to the heart. I went through a lot of hardship. I can understand when someone just needs someone to listen. I know what it's like to struggle. God has given me the heart that I wanted, to be able to be out there for people. I've been where they are. I've struggled. It's just that love of people that God has, that I pray every day that he will give me, and I think he's giving me that love. God's made us all in his image, the way I see it. There's a purpose for your life. Who's to say that because who we are, down the line, you're not teaching somebody else. There's always a purpose. You know the feeling when you love somebody. You know how it feels when you're doing something right or wrong. It's the same thing."

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thephatic, “. . ((((((Odessa, Texas, ...,” The InstaEssay Archive, accessed July 18, 2018, http://instaessayarchive.org/items/show/2895.