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From The Better People Than Me File…

January 28, 2009

Ministry tends to the feet, dignity of city’s homeless

ATLANTA — Bryan Flournoy sits in a downtown church, sipping coffee and taking inventory of his life: He’s 33 and homeless. He’s a stranger in Atlanta, where a bus dropped him off from California last month. He needs a place to live, and he needs it yesterday.

In a few minutes, he’ll be hoofing across the city, looking for work.

For now, his feet soak in hot water as a preacher buffs them with a pumice stone.

Every Monday afternoon for the last year, the Rev. Bob Book and his wife, Holly, have transformed the Church of the Common Ground into a spa for the homeless. They scrub the feet of the city’s forgotten, mirroring the act of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.

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