Clark and Laura share stories and insights from their time spent serving with one of the most formative ministries for both A Simple House and themselves as missionaries, Exodus Youth Services. Exodus was a Catholic mission based in Washington, D.C. that focused on leading Bible studies for kids in poor neighborhoods. Clark and Laura discuss the impact of meeting those families living in poverty and how the Exodus ministry’s way of evangelization influenced the starting of A Simple House.
When Laura was in high school, she met a sandal-wearing monk in the dead of winter who she went on to become friends with, who told her about how before he became a monk, he had had his dream job working at a newspaper. He decided he wanted something more, so he gave it all up to live a life of voluntary poverty committed to God. Because of this, Lauren decided she wanted to live her life all for Jesus. She went to Catholic University of America in order to keep growing in her faith. She and Clark met as young adults through a Catholic ministry they were both volunteering at, where they visited inner-city families and led Bible studies with kids. There, she learned a lot about praying, evangelization, and trusting in the Lord. She realized that the Christian was called to care for the poor in a particular way, and that God had a special love for the poor. From there, she helped Clark as he worked to found a new ministry serving the poor, and Clark eventually asked her to move into one of the first houses that A Simple House had.