James Fimon knows there is a lot of inspiration out there
By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
James Fimon, Little Falls, has begun his own ministry. He reaches out to people who are on the streets. But, he doesn’t target homeless people only, he talks to everyone he can.
“Once I reached out to a person who thought I was the homeless person and he gave me a bottle of water,” said Fimon. “That gave me the idea of handing out bottles of water to start the conversation.”
The bottles of water helps Fimon open conversations with people.
Fimon, a member of Living Hope Church, began his ministry last summer. At first he started a book ministry and took the reading material to jails and prisons. But he found there were too many restrictions.
While working on that, Fimon said he was connecting with all sorts of people who were in need. He took his ministry to the streets.
“I met a girl on the street who had been involved in a robbery. She was in town for court proceedings and was stranded,” said Fimon. “We prayed together and I shared my personal struggles with her. My desire is to give some hope and direction to those in need.”
Over the past winter, Fimon developed local resources that may help those he connects with, whether it’s a place to get food, housing, medical attention or spiritual assistance.
“I want to help those in need,” he said. “I have such a compassion for people who are struggling. I want to help them get on their feet. They may fall a few times, so I have learned to remain patient.”
The name, Insane Street Ministries, comes from a piece of graffiti he saw.
“I was praying to God, telling him this whole thing (the ministry) was getting crazy and that my actions were being misunderstood,” he said. “I looked up and saw the word ‘Insane.’ It seemed a perfect fit.”
Fimon spent more than a year at Teen Challenge in Brainerd after he lived a life which consisted largely of drugs and alcohol for many years.
“It was when I became suicidal and almost killed myself that my life turned around,” said Fimon. “I have been sober for four years now and thankful for each minute.”
When he first experienced sobriety, Fimon said it was hard to shake the addiction qualities people tend to get. He said he continued to be judgmental of other people’s situations. Now he said he has a great compassion for others who are in need.
“I was hospitalized after the accident, then in a wheel chair and underwent therapy before entering Teen Challenge for its rehabilitation program,” he said. “I had to leave my entire life behind; it was a struggle and a sacrifice, but needed to be done.”
Fimon is involved in much of what Little Falls has to offer. He works with Ruby’s Pantry, the annual Paint A Thon, Alverna Apartment’s gardens, he’s on the Salvation Army board, is working with the splash pad project and is a member of the Young Republicans. Fimon also writes and performs Christian rap music.
People in Little Falls may find Fimon on the street corner by Coborn’s Superstore or near the Morrison County Government Center. He will hand out a bottle of water and strike up a conversation.
“I do this to encourage community efforts to get out and serve,” he said. “I feel blessed in my life. I am constantly working to get my life back in line and overcome barriers. I want to help others to do the same.”