Captured from the Charlotte Observer, accolades about one of our strategic outreach partners, One7.
David Garrett hit bottom at age 23. He was, he says, a drug user and drug dealer. When his father died, he broke down and “a light flicked on inside my heart.” At that moment, he knew he would commit his life to a Christ-based ministry for inner-city kids.
The result: One7, a Charlotte nonprofit that helps underprivileged kids of two dozen or more nationalities with every aspect of their lives. Garrett and One7 provide tutoring, clothing, food and a message that God loves them. The kids go on mission trips to serve in areas like those hit by loftisHurricane Sandy.
Soccer is one piece of One7′s ministry. Garrett currently has three teams cobbled together. One of those traveled to Chicago last summer to compete in a national tournament with teams from across the country. The One7 team, with no money, stayed at a homeless shelter while other players stayed with their parents in hotels. Charlotte’s One7 team, a ragtag group of kids from various cultures and impoverished backgrounds, won the championship.
Garrett (at center of picture) is now the soccer coach at Garinger High, where he promises more success, on and off the field. For more information, go to www.one7.org.
We have opportunities to mentor One7 students through our M1 Initiative, and you can be a part of regular ministry with our teams. To get more involved with One7 through Elevation Outreach, comment below. We’d love to connect you.