sharing a meal with sonny, perk and ??? – a simple act of worship

Ben and I set out for our bi-weekly homeless lunch. It was a misty cold day with an overcast foggy skyline. We walked around Market and Rodney Square looking for Charlie or Eric or Donald, but we didn’t find any of them. But we did find 3 other guys.

Ben was up first this week, he asked me if he should go up to 3 guys standing together. I’m the skeptic cheap guy so I said to Ben, “Dude, you want to take 3 guys to lunch???” He said, “Yeah, good point”…then he proceeded to go up to them and ask if they were up for joining us for lunch. That’s so like Ben…

Well they were up for lunch. We met the coolest guys – Perk, Sonny and another guy who would not tell us his name for security reasons. He said he doesn’t give out his name to anyone. We were like, “Hey that’s cool – we don’t need your name, just come anyway.”

They asked us why we would take them to lunch. Ben gave this awesome response of why we’re doing this, I’m sure he’ll mention it on his blog – check it out here.

I can’t even begin to describe our lunch, but fun is a good word to start with. We threw together our $$ and had just enough to pay for all five lunches. I think we had $3 dollars left. The small restaurant we go to is called Benjamin’s on 10th, at 204 West 10th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. The place is great, one person behind the cash register, and one cook. They only take cash. I got a BLT, Ben got ham & cheese, ??? got a BLT, and Perk and Sunny got large cheese steaks with everything.

Sonny is a blues man. He is definitely a believer in Jesus. We started talking about worship and he said so many wise things. He said he follows a hard Jesus (as opposed to an easy Jesus) and that Jesus has always given him a door to take out of bad situations (like Vietnam). He travels from city to city and apparently plays a lot of blues. He said he worships through the blues, because God sees his heart.

But one thing he said in particular really hit me. He said that no matter what we sing, we need to “Lift Him”. Maybe it was his deep raspy bluesy voice, but for whatever reason there was a lot of weight and honesty behind his words. He kept saying “Lift Him” over and over again when he described how to worship. I told him that when I lead worship sometimes it seems that people are not really worshiping like they could. He said that whatever song we sing, no matter how we sing it we need to “Lift Him”. And he said maybe we’re not “Lifting Him“. I need to give his words time to sink in. Especially “Lift Him”.

Another highlight was when Sonny started chatting with the waitress and all of a sudden he had his harmonica out and he was singing her a bluesy love song. It was so awesome, I wish you all could’ve been there.

I learned so much today. Here are a couple of pics from Ben’s phone to prove we’re not making these lunches up…

me sonny and perk…

terry sunny and perk




5 Responses to “sharing a meal with sonny, perk and ??? – a simple act of worship”

  1. 1 Ben November 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Wow! How awesome! Thanks for posting these stories Terry. What a great challenge of taking worship from the stage and music to life. Love it!

  2. 2 ali November 26, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Terry, yes…thanks for sharing! That sounds like Ben…his spiritual gift is definitely giving. He just gives and gives and gives. He is the most selfless person I know. Sometimes I wish his gift wasn’t giving…I’m the opposite, I’m always like…”Ben…you spent too much money on others this month…we need that money to pay bills!”

  3. 3 ben November 26, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    good times. man, he had a great blues voice. can you replicate that at church sometime?

  4. 4 brettfoester November 26, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    TK & Ben….thanks for posting this. Keep running the path for “Worship and Justice”. I will continue to pray for both of you on this journey. Let me know if there are any specifics or particulars to pray for. Also, I was lead to this tonight.

    Anyone that has a chance, take time to watch this clip. I think it is about 30 to 40 min. and it hits home to what the two guys are doing in their lives right now. Take time out to watch it!

    TK, thank for having a quick link to Tim Hughes blog.

  5. 5 Terry Foester November 27, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Brett – thanks for the link. I’ll definitely check it out.

    I hope “God of Justice” is the next song I teach @ church.

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author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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