A Life Changed by Driveway Prayers


25 July 2022

By Cory
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

It was a bright, sunny morning. Neighborhood kids were playing football in our front yard. A kid, who none of us had seen before, rode his bicycle to the curb, dropped it to the ground, courageously walked up, and started playing with us.

When we asked where he lived, we discovered he had moved in half a block from us. Before this encounter ended, he invited us to his house to do Kids Church. This was the first time I had heard about and attended Community of Christ. My personal journey toward God and Chattanooga Community of Christ began in this new neighbor’s home.

That was in 1992. The new neighbor was a seven-year-old named Jared. He was better known in the Chattanooga area since middle school as Pastor White Chocolate because of his skills on the basketball court and ordination at 14. You might know him as Pastor Jared Munson.

My personal journey toward God and Chattanooga Community of Christ began in this new neighbor’s home.

My brother and I were the first to accept an invitation to Chattanooga Community of Christ. I was six years old, and my brother was seven. This neighborhood kid opened us up to God. Jared’s home was our haven.

Because of Chattanooga Community of Christ ministries, I still am living my witness of Jesus Christ. I want you to know these ministries create longevity. I mean, we become lifelong, committed disciples of Jesus Christ.

I often think about my childhood and how Jesus first came into my life through Jared and his dad, Jimmy. I remember so many times when my parents were arguing and physically fighting. We were so scared! We would run to Jared’s house. His dad just gathered us in the driveway and prayed for us—really hard.

The prayers saved us. I really believe with all my heart that those prayers also saved my parents from killing each other, though they never realized it.

I am a life that this church and its friends saved decades ago, a life you still bless as I seek to bless others.

Now that I’m older, I realize it was Jesus coming through Jared and his dad, bringing me and my brother comfort in our times of horrible fear. I forever will be thankful for the love this church gave me.

As an adult, parent, business owner, and mud-racing driver, I am guided more than ever by God and Jesus’s mission.

I am a life that this church and its friends saved decades ago, a life you still bless as I seek to bless others. Be humbly proud of what your prayers and generosity continue to do.

Amen.

Adapted from Crumb Donors newsletter

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