Archive for May, 2008

The Ordinary Radicals

Last week, Nicole from The Ordinary Radicals documentary came to Wilmington to meet Herman. She also talked with me and Ben about the homeless scene here – she wanted to hear the Herman’s Bridge story first hand.

Ben and I had a great time hanging out with Nicole and John (2 ordinary radicals), playing chess with Herman and sharing a meal together – that is once we found a place that was still open for lunch!  (We found out the hard way that the happening lunch scene in center city Wilmington shuts down @ 3 PM – but Brew Ha Ha didn’t let us down…)

Earlier this spring, Ben and I had the chance to go to Kensington, Philadelphia to have lunch with Jamie Moffett. Jamie is the director of The Ordinary Radicals documentary. Both Jamie and Nicole are working hard to tell an important story.

Nicole wrote an excellent blog entry about her day in Wilmington – check it out and leave a comment on The Oridinary Radicals blog. Check out their documentary info and other resources too.

Her is part of the blog…

This past week I went down to Wilmington, DE to meet with Terry and Ben to interview them for The Ordinary Radicals Documentary. Ben and Terry do not get much more ordinary as people. They are both married, go to church, and hold big business jobs. They were living their suburban lives as usual when knowledge hit them like a bus out of nowhere. Forcing them, as it did me, out into the world to do small, seemingly insignificant things. Things like taking the homeless and hungry out to share a meal with them. It was this small action that birthed a close friendship with many that our society shuns. One of these beautiful friendships is with a guy named Herman, who I also had the chance to meet.

Read the rest here!


$2,306…so far, wow! – Herman’s Bridge update #8

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of updates. There is still a lot happening – good things happening.

Ben and I continue to meet up with Herman each Wednesday, and we are in the process of helping him take some new steps. He still has a long way to go, so please remember him in prayer.

One thing we’ve noticed is that this experiment has given Herman an extra layer of accountability – that he never had before. He seems to be recognizing how people from all over the country are chipping in to help him. And you know what? That’s giving him HOPE.

We had the chance to take him some of your notes/letters. We’ll make sure he gets all the letters, a few at a time.

This whole experience has been so humbling for us.

So far, we’ve collected 903 individual dollars!!!! So we’re very close to maxing out our two $500 matches. We also have a third donor who will give an additional $500. So we have $2,306 so far.  Yeah!

Keep telling your friends. We hope to have this wrapped up in the next couple of weeks.

Here are a couple of random bullets…

  • Herman found his Cross! (He said he found it a week after he lost it – in his stuff I think…)
  • Herman will be 58 on May 31, we’re going to throw him a birthday party – any ideas??? What should we get him? – leave a comment with your ideas! Seriously.
  • I heard about this kid (Sean) that worked a half-day with his dad to earn some dollars for Herman. Amazing.
  • One grandmother (she referred to herself as an 80 year old grandmother) sent Herman an extra $5 so he could buy himself a birthday present.
  • University of Delaware students were having a Barbecue and they started passing a bucket around for Herman. They were getting together for a Baptist Student Ministries gathering. They gave us an envelope with $39. Thanks Blake and Emily!
  • We were sent US dollars from Canada (Winnipeg & Ottawa) and Perth, Australia! Global.
  • We have all the major sections of the US represented (Northeast, Southeast, Northwest -thanks Oregon, Midwest, California and Texas)
  • We have some photos and other updates coming soon. In the meantime, I updated the map. It’s exciting to see so many states jumping in to help Herman.


love, for the day is near

We’re finding that Herman has a debt that needs to be paid. A relatively small debt. Is there a better picture of the gospel – but to pay someone’s debt? – without any expectation of anything in return?

Love, for the Day is Near (Romans 13:8-11)

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule:

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Let’s apply some of this to Herman, what do you say?

As a side note, Herman lost his cross (the one pictured here). The picture of Herman holding his cross was in the News Journal article. The caption under the photo read:

“I found God when I found this cross,” says Gibbs of the Christian symbol he wears.

Ben and I met Herman for breakfast on Sunday, the day after the article was published. Herman was admittedly proud of himself for getting in the News Journal. In Herman’s way, he sees the publicity as affirmation of his worth. Ironically, he lost his cross on the street the day the article ran. In Herman’s words, “it (the cross) came like it went.”

3 things money can’t fix

I had lunch with my friend Marc last week. He said something that has stuck with me…and I’m still thinking about it…he said there are 3 things money can’t fix, or can’t buy…

Your marriage.
You kids.
And your significance.

Then I came across an article in Relevant Magazine – titled The Life Not Worth Living, by Jim Palmer. In the article, Palmer talks about the whole idea of significance in the Christian life, the abundant life in Christ – and where true contentment is found. He hits on the mistakes that we make as we chase after things for significance, even good things:

I chased the carrot for many years through theological knowledge, ministry success, a daily regimen of spiritual disciplines, church commitments and social activism. It’s not that any of these things were wrong, or that they had no value, but what I was seeking to gain through them was still searching for eternal reality on the wrong frequency. A lot of people are trying to squeeze God into their current way of doing life through religion. God wants you to experience another life altogether.

Jesus said it this way…

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”

I know that I struggle with trying to squeeze God into my way of doing life. And I get caught up in looking for God’s Kingdom (here or there) – trying to use careful observation to find it.

Not realizing all along that it’s Christ living in me – the Hope of Glory.

Herman’s Bridge – update #6

Ben, Terry, and Herman in the Media
See below for links to newspaper stories, video, and radio podcasts
News Journal Coverage
“I call him The Herminator,” says Cooper, a tall, trim 27-year-old from Bear who plans to move to Houston, Texas, later this year to attend medical school.

“Call me the generator, if you like,” Herman jokes, adding that his mind percolates too.Terry and Herman

As a result of the blog posts, readers from Delaware, Texas and Vermont — all over — are getting to know Herman, as the young men usually call him.

Readers now send Herman encouraging letters along with $1 donations, having read that he sleeps in a warehouse on the Wilmington waterfront.

Cooper and Foester believe they’ll raise $1,000 or more for Herman. But they insist this is more about connecting with another human than fundraising.

“Our philosophy is to be laid- back and be a friend — we’re not treating Herman as a problem who needs to be solved,” says Foester…

Herman’s Bridge – update #5

If you’re just learning about Herman’s Bridge, and you want to give Herman 1 dollar – start here. Don’t forget to leave a comment on the original post if you’re in.

Ben and Terry were interviewed by Rick Jensen @ WDEL. Listen here!

Rick Jensen interviewing Ben and Terry about Herman’s Bridge

Ben and Terry goofing off in the WDEL/WSTW lobby…good times.

Feel free to leave comments or questions, and Ben and I will respond. We want to hear how Herman’s Bridge is influencing you.

Our idea of Family fun.


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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