RAMY KODJA’S TESTIMONY ABOUT HIS STAY AT CALVARY
Ramy only got to be with us for a short time, but it was just what he needed, when he needed it the most. He is originally from California where he ended up homeless due to drugs and alcohol. He left there and was in Arkansas while transporting drugs. He was saved while in prison and later led his wife to Christ. Once released, he had a job until he was injured away from work and hospitalized. While in the hospital, he lost his job, his home and his wife.
Ramy came to Memphis to seek work and get his life on track. He started attending Woodland Presbyterian Church and his Pastor brought him to Calvary while he looked for work. Ramy said, ” The minute I walked through the door I knew that I was where I needed to be. God was here and I could just feel the joy here.” Ramy was able to get a job at our Job Fair with Staff Line and went to work the very next day. Because he is a military veteran, Catholic Charities assisted him in getting a home of his own, and he is now back on the right track after a month at Calvary Rescue Mission!
EDMOND (EDDIE) GWISDALLA’S TESTIMONY
Eddie came to Memphis from Detroit, MI. without knowing anyone here or why he was coming here. He felt as though he was surrounded by evil where he was and he needed a change. His friends there told him that he should stay away from Memphis because it was in the “Bible Belt” and everyone would “beat him over the head with the Bible”. He came to Memphis on a bus and soon found Calvary Rescue Mission, but he passed on by. He saw the crosses on the new building and didn’t want to come in and feel condemned by others at the mission. He slept in Gaston Park, just south of the mission for three nights before he finally came to Calvary on an invitation from another man. Instead of condemnation he found acceptance; instead of being shunned, he found men who were much like himself; and instead of the Bible being “beaten over his head” he found a very real desire to learn more about God and God’s Word. Eddie says that the speakers who come to Calvary Rescue Mission speak about life and help him deal with the trials of life. Eddie said, “If I had to describe Calvary in one word, it would be easy! I would simply say, “Awesome”!
GREG BRANHAM’S TESTIMONY
Greg came to Memphis in 2009 from South Carolina. He had no job and very little money, but felt the Holy Spirit’s call to come to Memphis. He had been recently saved and had no idea at the time why he was being called to Memphis. When he arrived at the Memphis bus station a taxi took him to another mission because it was the only one he knew about. Greg stayed there until his money was gone. A new friend told him that he could stay at Calvary free for 3 nights so he came here and loved his time here. He said that having been recently saved he was hungry for God’s Word and was so glad that there was a sermon every night. He said that everyone was more friendly at Calvary and it felt like the staff really cared about everyone.
He said, “Calvary is more than a shelter; it’s a safe haven.” He went back to South Carolina when his dad became ill, and he inherited the house following his dad’s death. He felt God’s call back to Memphis, found a job with a plumbing company and now worships at Kirby Woods Baptist Church. Greg attends chapel at Calvary at least once a month and is willing to share his testimony. He tells the men that Calvary is not the end of the road, but a launching pad for a new journey.
Calvary Rescue Mission opened its doors April 1, 1967, to homeless men in Memphis, Tennessee, by Milton Hatcher.