In a Latino trailer park, Terry Davis pays his blessings forward

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Part of The Christian Chronicle’s “One Nación Under God” special project.

A ‘bus ministry kid’ gives back (reporting from Norcross, Ga.): In a Latino trailer parkTerry Davis pays his blessings forward. 

NORCROSS, Ga. — Terry Davis found Jesus on a “JOY bus.”

Growing up in a housing project on Atlanta’s south side, Davis slept on the ground to avoid flying bullets.

“I still shake when it comes to bullets and sounds of the guns,” said Davis, now 43.

But the East Point Church of Christ’s bus ministry showed him hope and a better way of life, he said, recalling that “JOY” stood for putting Jesus first, others second and yourself last.

Now director of a faith-based nonprofit called Corners Outreach, Davis treasures memories of the faithful Christians who invested time and energy in him.

These days, he pays his blessings forward in this northern suburb of Atlanta — with a predominantly Hispanic trailer park serving as his mission field.

“What makes Corners Outreach incredible is the comprehensive way Terry Davis and his co-workers have immersed themselves in the community,” said Don McLaughlin, pulpit minister for the North Atlanta Church of Christ.

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This story appears in the December 2014 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.