Changing the Rules of Engagement
The Colemans planned for years to start the program in Asheville. The focus would be on community outreach and they finally felt they were ready and received the confirmation from the Lord just before the pandemic hit. The beginning was not what they hoped for as people gathered, but did not interact. That’s when they decided that they needed to put some boots on the ground and actually venture out among people whose home is the street.
- Matthew and Michelle Coleman worked together developing outreach ministries at Destiny Church in Rocklin, CA.
- After moving to Asheville, they started a Dream Center and met Fred Hurst, who had found the Lord while in prison.
- Asheville Dream Center now provides food, beds, and washers and dryers to those in need.
“So, the Colemans gathered a few volunteers, bought sandwiches from Subway, and went to downtown Asheville to meet locals who lived on the streets, trying to find a connection point.”