Meeting John Perkins

I’m new to the Christian Community Development world. I had heard John Perkins’ name, but I hadn’t heard him speak. Finally, I did at CCDA’s conference in Cincinnati.

On the opening night he said, “This congregation here tonight looks like America.” And it did. There was no dominant racial, ethnic, gender or generational group. It was amazing.

“We are developing a post-racist group of people,” Perkins said. What an exciting possibility.

The following morning, my 12-year-old son, Cameron, and I were riding up an escolator when someone behind us spoke to my son. It was John Perkins. He treated Cameron like the most important person in the world.

I fell in love with John Perkins those days in Cincinnati. Every time he spoke, he stirred my spirit. And the way he conducted himself with my son confirmed the great spirit that he possesses.

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