The first time I met Nathan, he was unashamedly standing up for his beliefs on God's love. In the background, there is a street preacher, holding a sign about God's wrath on sinful people. Although the preacher's content is not false, it's missing a very key piece - grace, redemption, and love. I joined the conversation Nathan started with these other observers, and then he and I decided to walk up to the preacher and challenge him on his approach. I love how Nathan has written God's Word on his heart - he does not have it memorized verbatim, but rather lives and breathes it in a way that is inspiring and uplifting to others.
His fun fact is that he grew up with Prince! "My mom used to babysit Prince. You've seen the movie Purple Rain? It was made here, just down that road, and if you watch it, you'll see me there." Not gonna lie, I like his music but have never seen the movie. So I requested it at the library.
Nathan's testimony is amazing. "I was stabbed, all the way through," he showed me his scars on his abdomen and back… "and God gave me life again." "Who stabbed you?" "My very own father…" "How old were you?" "26... never seen him since… but if I do, I won't be angry. I've forgiven him."
Sacred Souls of the Streets is the adventure of sharing human connections with people on the street who tend to be marginalized or misunderstood – particularly through song, dance, storytelling and active listening, and then documented through portraiture. Sacred Souls of the Streets exists to shatter the notions we have of wealth, intelligence, wisdom, potential, capacity, needs, and spirituality. The motto of Sacred Souls of the Streets is, “I am here to listen and to learn from you, not to rescue, save or correct you.” My hope for Sacred Souls of the Streets is that it will continue to be a catalyst for positive paradigm shifts like it was for me, inspiring people to set out on similar adventures.