Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He Reaches the Kids and the Barriers Fall

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He Reaches the Kids and the Barriers Fall

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When Terry Lane opened his cabinetmaking business across from

Cleveland Arms in 1985, he didn't expect his life to intersect

with residents of the Northside housing project. That was before

the shop was repeatedly burglarized. Soon, Lane recalls, he grew

weary of nightly telephone calls from police.

"Guys were constantly breaking in," he said. "I was called down

there every night. After six months of that, I began developing

a real attitude."

Within his first year there, he counted 40 bullet holes that

riddled the building's corrugated metal walls. His frustration

mounted until one day when he remembers standing on the back

steps of his business and seeking God's guidance.

"I remember him telling me, `If you minister to these people,

you'll never be able to hate them,' " Lane said.

That moment clarified Lane's mission, which last July led him

and his wife, Kathy, 44, to form Metro Inner-City Sunday Schools

of Jacksonville. Through this ministry, Lane offers afterschool

Bible study to children living at five low-income housing

projects scattered across Jacksonville, including Westgate

Apartments, Washington Heights, Ramona Apartments, Cleveland

Arms and Emerson Arms. Lane estimates that 60 to 100 children at

each complex join in the games, singing and object lessons that

bring life to Bible lessons.

"We try to give the kids a good foundation," he said. "We teach

them that nothing lasts forever except for God."

"We've had other programs, but this is a first," said Janet

Goolsby, office manager at Cleveland Arms. "He's really reached

them. He gets their attention, so he can focus on other areas

beyond their attitude.

"He's someone the children can really count on," Goolsby said.

That's because Lane's involvement with Cleveland Arms was sown

gradually for 12 years. Lane first responded to the burglaries

by spending $200 on basketballs that he tossed over the fence

encircling Cleveland Arms. …

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