Share Your Story
November 8, 2016
I grew up in a small town, in an area much different than the Westside; in fact, the next town over
was known for having more pigs than people. Even so, when I first came to The Other Way as an intern in 2000, it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this community. It struck me in a way I wasn’t prepared for – I
remember two things distinctly. First, the neighbors on the Westside were incredibly “authentic,” a polite way of saying they were brash and open and honest. That was refreshing for me and I learned so much from them. They helped me to discover my own judgement and that there is always more to the stories that we see in people’s lives. These neighbors changed my entire way of looking at the world, and I am grateful to this day. The second thing I remember is the approach of the staff. They were prayerful, constantly learning about urban issues, and they genuinely loved people. They were sold out for the gospel and the mission of The Other Way. I remember wanting to be sold out too. Looking back 15 years later, I can’t imagine my life without The Other Way.
As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year, we want to know the individual stories that have created such a rich history. We want to know your story of connection to The Other Way – would you please take a moment to share your story here? How did you get involved? What did it mean to you? How did it change you? All of our stories make up the legacy of The Other Way Ministries. Thank you for being a part of this incredible place.
Kurt Reppart, Executive Director