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4 Men and a House

Lisa O'Brien-Wentzel
23
Jan
2011

I am super lucky enough to know some great men, very great men, the kind of men that women dream of being around, the kind of men that they think are never to be found. They live with profound purpose and values, they get crap done, they are conquers for good, smashing the bad stuff all around. They protect, they model, they sacrifice, they are patient and disciplined. They are true, passionate and yet faithful. They don’t throw away money and come home drunk, they engage with all people in real ways. They do not lay around on couches with their hands in their pants, they work hard, for others. They do not wear khaki pants and fear making changes and confrontations in life, they are strong in the right way. They are generous. They are not perfect. They do not cover weakness with fake manliness power accessories. They have crap and they clean it. They are young, travel, tech savvy, global thinking and intelligent. ————- Sometimes they are unrecognized for their greatness. Those looking for $$ gold coast bachelor pads may very well walk by their home. They live together as roomates. They share their place with other folks. Kids who need a place to just be. Folks who need acceptance and a pinch of hope, even on a the weekend when most single young men are “doing something”. They give away their garage to hold a foodshare, and scape snow off their cars instead. Local moms and kids are working the pantry at 7am when they were up till 4am with the boys. They teach those teen boys, who hang around enough to become family, how to chop wood. They watch Sunday sports with them, they teach them how to really treat a girl, and what not to watch on their computer or tv. They become a “family”. Together they serve at the homelessness shelter, they camp, they paintball, they fish, they bbq, they volunteer in countless service projects, they help the local families to move furniture and even babysit. They help take foods to the senior center. They do lots of dishes. They clean up far too many pizza boxes and find random socks and popcorn in the corner. They share their computers, their big screen tv, their fancy photo equipment, their fishing gear, cars, bikes, food, more food, leather furniture, blankets and pillows, coats, shower, and TIME, with the boys and the girls that come along with them. They give themselves over to others in a way that sometimes exhausts them. Sometimes they just want to….eat their pizza….or sit on their nice clean sofa alone….or buy vitamin waters and know that no one else will drink them! Then… They get taken for granted by the people they help. or.. They get mistaken as social odd balls as outsiders looking for bachelors that are like the ones on t.v. MAKE NO MISTAKE. THEY HAVE NO SECRET AGENDA. THIS IS LOVE …from the men at Love Without Agenda WE CALLED IT THE SHEMA HOUSE. where 4 great eligible bachelors have multiplied in many.

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  • Su

    very cool! what a great testimony!

  • http://twitter.com/iphilpot Ian Philpot

    My fiancu00e9e and I visited the Shema House a few months after we’ve started dating for my friend Brad’s birthday. I told her what it was about when we were on our way, and she was skeptical. When she saw the community there, her life was changed. She switched from being an English major at one college to being a youth ministry major at another. This last December, she gave her senior presentation on a community house specifically for single moms.nLove without agenda is contagious.

  • http://twitter.com/iphilpot Ian Philpot

    My fiancu00e9e and I visited the Shema House a few months after we’ve started dating for my friend Brad’s birthday. I told her what it was about when we were on our way, and she was skeptical. When she saw the community there, her life was changed. She switched from being an English major at one college to being a youth ministry major at another. This last December, she gave her senior presentation on a community house specifically for single moms.nLove without agenda is contagious.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmyspencerjr Jimmy Spencer Jr

    If you guys ever want to chat about how to start one or need any help with anything..don’t hesitate to schedule some lunch or coffee. My door is always open to you two :)