For as many of these as I've written, typically the words come easier than the photographs do. It's not to say that I struggled to find the words for this post today, but I wanted more than anything to do him justice with it. He and I met while we were in High School. Initially through basketball, but before long we both realized that we were the only two kids in school who really got down to cutting some hair. By the time he was finished with HS, he had moved to Tacoma to begin barbering school. Wasting no time after he got licensed, he was back in Yakima and had his own barbershop, which quickly became THE place to get your hair cut. He married a girl from my graduating class and they've got 3 kids of their own now. Sounds like the American Dream, right? Well, that's not all. For as dynamic of an individual as he is, his true calling wasn't behind a barber chair. It was behind a pulpit. Now, this isn't the part where you should tune out. Hear me through. This guy has a story. And not only does he have a story, but he's actively trying to hear yours. Micahn has dedicated his life to "fighting for those who can't fight for themselves". He created an environment in the 'hood, which now doesn't just attract gangsters, but doctors and politicians and grandparents, atheists and everyone in between. As we spoke today, his words gave me chills. This is a guy who wasn't supposed to be behind a pulpit. But now that he is, it's incredibly apparent why. 347 days. 347 stories. His is one of the most powerful I've had the chance to tell. Micahn Carter, pastor of Morningstar Church (Now Together Church) in Yakima, WA. #JG365Project.