4 Corners

Drequan is a glaringly remarkable man.

He goes about his days with a humble presence of kindness and quiet strength.

I have loved sitting with him and listening to his ideas and thoughts.

I know an entrepreneur when I see one. 

In just a short 19 years of life, he has made strides many of his peers never even knew they could make.  In a lot of ways I envy his way of working and striving.

His character is one that a few of us millineals could stand to draw from.

His life didn’t run as smooth as other 19 year olds.

It hasn’t been an easy ride for him, making his strength and his kindness a different kind of powerful.

Drequan grew up in Washington Park, the neighborhood where I work for a non-profit urban ministry called Common Ground Montgomery. He spent a lot of years in our after school program and participated in summer camps that CGM put on.  In his time of involvement in with CGM, he witnessed friends die in shootings, lost one to overdose, and another sentenced to 140 years in prison for murder.

In an interview with CGM, Drequan described a time when he felt like he was getting off track, like falling behind and not graduating with his peers, but he didn’t quit.  He told them, “I saw myself going the way that many of my friends and brothers went but y’all stayed with me.  I knew that wasn’t what God wanted for me.  I saw how much faith everyone at CGM has in me.  They never gave up.”

Drequan finished high school by going to night class and got himself a job at Jimmy Johns.

but that’s not all.

He spent many hours with Kevin King, his mentor and one of the directors at CGM, learning how to use creativity in business.

What I love so much about that time that was spent teaching him about business and creativity is that it clicked. 

Drequan ran with it and started looking for ways to take what he had learned and go from there.

He began asking the directors at House to House Ministries  if he could take windows out of the old homes after demolition.

Seems so simple.

BUT.

Drequan took creative freedom with those windows and began turning them into works of art.

And so began 4 Corners.

He takes old, dilapidated windows from homes in Washington Park that are being demolished, drastically refurbishes them, and sells those windows as picture frames.

He says, “They show transformation.  A little piece of history from Washington Park.  When something is transformed, it’s like God does when He takes people’s broken lives and makes them into something beautiful.  Anybody can be saved.  The love He shows for us is crazy.”

Um, Yes please.

I know ALLLL my southern ladies out there loveeeee a good distressed window frame.

I have one… and I know you do too, don’t be shy. 

But what if you had one with THAT story??

The story of transformation, the idea behind it based around the gospel and the transformation the Lord gives our lives.

What if you had a frame that came from a man of God who is constantly growing and giving more of himself to the community where he lives?

Along with working at Jimmy Johns, he runs his own business, and  interns at CGM mentoring guys younger than him sharing the gospel and creating a safe space for the kids in the program to grow close to the Lord.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Dre is ALWAYS looking for more opportunity to make money, grow his business, and share the Gospel.

Just the other day he helped me with cooking class at Common Ground, constantly asking how he could help and acting as a HUGE source of encouragement to the middle school kids.

After a staff meeting, he was asking about opportunities to refinish floors in houses and figuring out ways to gain opportunity.

His. Heart. 

Those. Frames. (heart eyes)

His. Work. Ethic. 

His. Kindness.

His. Strength.

This guy… you have got to meet him and shake his hard working hands.

Honored doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about knowing him just a short few months and witnessing his life unfold in this way.

AND LOOK HOW STUNNING.

We were created by the Creator to create.

Let’s buy some frames and empower the creativity bursting out of this hard-working man.

Thank you Drequan, for loving people with strength and instilling dignity into every soul you meet.

You indeed are remarkable.

2 thoughts on “4 Corners

  1. This story is everything! So encouraging, insightful, and inspiring! Keep up the good work Quan! You can never go wrong while following the Lord. Good job Lady Bell!

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