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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (ANS-November 24, 2016) — It’s “Thanksgiving” again at Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter.
It’s hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving Day marks the 31st successive time we have shared the blessing of Thanksgiving with Albuquerque’s many homeless and abused women and homeless families.
I’m so thankful to the Lord and our wonderful family of donors for helping make this ministry of compassion possible.
Thanks to YOU, during 2016 we have been able to serve many thousands of hot and nutritious meals to hungry people, minister to many spiritually needy men, women, boys and girls in our chapel services and life recovery classes and provide thousands of nights of shelter to homeless people.
I wondered what difference Joy Junction really makes in the life of some of our guests. We asked a few of them what they are thankful for, despite being homeless.
The answers were heartwarming. One woman said she is thankful for God’s grace, mercy, kindness and love.
She added, “I am also thankful for Joy Junction for giving my husband and I a new start on our walk with the Lord. I miss my kids and family, but I am thankful they are alive and healthy … we have had a lot of trials, (but) God has been our rock.”
One guest said she is thankful for another Thanksgiving, and being surrounded by people who understand her situation. She added that she is also thankful for help from our staff in assisting her in overcoming her addiction.
Last but not least, she said, “I am thankful for letting God into my heart.”
One guest said she appreciates Joy Junction staff, “Who serve all the residents continually without grumbling. They truly have a servant’s heart.”
However, she was most grateful for God’s salvation in Jesus Christ.
“There is not enough paper and ink in the world to write all of God’s blessings and what I am grateful for. God is amazing beyond what mere words can express.”
Joy Junction Chaplain Marcos Atwood was also on the Thanksgiving list, with one woman writing, “He has given me the opportunity to learn more about myself and who God really is, and for becoming a better person.”
She added, “I am (also) thankful for my kids, my family and my friends and for the staff here at Joy Junction.”
Gratitude for children, family and having a roof over her head was uppermost on the mind of one woman.
Colonel Sanders – Story of Relentless Perseverance
Whether you like KFC or not, the story of Colonel Harland Sanders is truly amazing. This story is inspirational because it’s an example of how perseverance, dedication, and ambition along with hard work can create success; regardless of your age.
Harland Sanders was born September 9, 1890 near Henryville, Indiana. His father died when he was just 6 years old, leaving him the man of the house with a mother and two younger siblings; a brother and a sister. He picked up the art of cooking very quickly and mastered many dishes by the age of 7. During his early years, Harland worked different odd jobs such as farm-hconductor, soldier, fireman, self-taught lawyer, insurance salesman, and steamboat operator.
At the age of 40, he was cooking for travelers out of his service station. His cooking fame spread and soon there were huge lines for his food. Sanders then moved across the street to a motel/restaurant to service the high demand. During this time, Sanders had also been tinkering with his special herbs and spices to make the perfect fried chicken.
The Secret Ingredient
During his search to make the perfect chicken, he was approached by a pressure cooker salesman who convinced Sanders to invest in this product to quicken his cooking process. He ended up investing in 12 pressure cookers. Somewhere around this time, Sanders also ended up reaching his trademark 11 herbs and spices.
Fast forward to 1950. The Colonel is 60 years old and has to shut down his restaurant business because a new highway was being built where his restaurant was located. Colonel Sanders decided to retire and lived off of $105 in the form of social security checks. Not wanting to accept this as his fate, he decided to franchise his chicken at the age of 65.
The Comeback – Relentless Perseverance
He started travelling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they would enter into a handshake agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Legend has it that Colonel Sanders heard 1009 “no’s” before he heard his first “yes”.
Ok, let me repeat that.
He was turned down one-thousand and nine times before his chicken was accepted once!
The deal was that for each piece of chicken the restaurant sold, Sanders would receive a nickel. The restaurant would receive packets of Colonel’s secret herbs and spices in order to avoid them knowing the recipe. By 1964, Colonel Sanders had 600 franchises selling his trademark chicken. At this time, he sold his company for $2 million dollars but remained as a spokesperson. In 1976, the Colonel was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity.
Fast forward to today. KFC is one of the largest fast food franchises in the world. Over the years, the company has been owned by RJ Reynolds (now Reynolds American; NYSE: RAI), Pepsico (NYSE: PEP), and is currently under Yum Brands (NYSE: YUM). Yum Brands family also includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silvers, and A&W Restaurants. This brand is the largest restaurant operator in the world in terms of units.
It’s amazing how the man started at the age of 65, when most retire, and built a global empire out of fried chicken.