April, 2012 – Beloved co-author of Same Kind of Different as Me, Denver Moore, died Saturday March 31 in his sleep in Ft. Worth, Texas. He’s with Jesus now, on His streets, in His kingdom, celebrating with Miss Debbie no doubt. And we will all miss him. This remarkable man changed our lives by his faith, by his example, by his uncanny insights into heaven and friendship.
He was born a slave in modern America; escaped to become a homeless man – a step up in life, Denver said. Spent 10 years in America’s worst prison, and went back to living on the streets again, a notorious bear of a man who would “beat you down” if you looked at him twice. Until he met Deborah Hall, “Miss Debbie” to Denver, “The stubbornest white woman I ever met.” And the most beautiful but unlikely bond of friendship bloomed. Miss Debbie later died and her husband, Ron, pledged to Denver that he would never catch and release him as a friend. This transforming tale of redemption became a NY Times best seller with over a million copies sold and a recent Disney film option. Through it all, Denver and Ron crisscrossed America raising over a 100 million dollars for homeless shelters.
Denver was a street preacher, a painter, a prayer warrior, a compassionate friend to the least of these. And if you could see what he’s seeing right now, I think this is what he would want you to know:
Well – a poor Lazarus poor as I
When he died he had a home on high . . .
The rich man died and lived so well
When he died he had a home in hell . . .
You better get a home in that Rock, don’t you see?
– Negro Spiritual
”You hear what I’m telling you?” Denver would always say to punctuate his point – and then he would fix his “I mean business” street stare on you.
We hear you, Denver. Be at peace – enjoy your new home.
With love from all of us here at Alive Communications