An unassuming building in the middle of College Park. A donated building that was once a recording studio. A dry erase board that measures the length of the wall, covered with tentative schedules and outreach plans. A back room filled to the ceiling with donated diapers, and another with clothes, shoes, and books.
Since its onset, LBW has done some pretty amazing things, including a 90-day closet strike in which Terence himself donated every item in his closet except for one outfit. This he wore for a 90-day period in order to raise awareness and donations to supply four Title 1 schools with 250 uniforms for children. When we asked his reason for the single outfit, when he could've just raised donations without it, he replied that it was so that he could understand the lives of the children who have to endure the challenges and embarrassment of having no clothes.
Two words incessantly flashed through our minds as we talked with Terence: radical and dedicated. His love for God and his passion for his work were clearly evident in every story he weaved. This was the man who voluntarily spent a week homeless in downtown Atlanta; he was the one who walked thirty miles to raise awareness and donations for shoes; he launched Project Thirst to raise bottled waters to fight dehydration for the needy; he's organized the combined donation of over 30,000 articles of clothing for those battling poverty; he established a connection with an organization in India to launch an international campaign to fight poverty through Love Beyond Borders; along with many, many more. And they're only seven months old.
Radical. And dedicated.
We at OATH are excited to partner with Terence Lester and Love Beyond Walls in our future work for the needy. Check out their mission here and support their great work!