Kevin Barkley is happy.
"Everything's gonna work out for the best," says Kevin, with a loaf of bread in his hand.
He's got a lot of reasons not to be. Three and a half months ago, he fell off his bike and broke his collarbone, and had to be let go from his job as an airplane mechanic.
"Life just blindsided me, ya know, you don't expect something to happen and if you're not prepared like you're supposed to be, its very--it's impossible," he says.
Kevin found himself unable to pay rent, afford food, or take care of his dogs. As an honors graduate from Middle Georgia tech, digging through dumpsters behind pizza places for food or sleeping in abandoned homes surely wasn't on his life's agenda, but that's what it came down to.
The Loaves and Fishes ministry in Macon gave him the lifeline he needed.
"They gave me bread,"Kevin says with a grateful smile on his face. "I get bread and a meal once a day--ya know, thank God for something like this."
Facing his problems with only his bike, a fanny pack and a Bible, Kevin taught the people that saved him about keeping your head up, even in desperate times.
Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Mary Gatti says Kevin's example of staying positive through trials has helped her.
"Things could have gone either way for Kevin," Gatti says, "but because he's so positive, and had some college and had some goals, that gave him the courage and the wherewithal to continue."
"When you're digging in the dumpster for food or standing in line for a free sandwich, your pride is pretty much gone, and you're just relying on the grace of God," says Kevin. "And at that point, once you let go and start doing what God wants you to do, and you're doing the right thing--God's gonna open doors and he's gonna open windows for you."
In these tough times, his is an example we can all learn from.