In addition to writing for The Mountain-Ear newspaper. John Scarffe has written a new book about one man’s struggles to live homeless and then launch a new ministry in Aurora, Colorado. Wisdom from the Woodshed describes Eugene Cason who was homeless from 1992 and until 1998.
Sometimes he slept under an office desk, in his car or an old rundown warehouse. In 1997 and 1998 he had nothing to eat from time to time. Throughout all of his adversities and challenges, God never left him, and now he has a ministry to share his story.
Scarffe transcribed tapes from Rev. Cason’s life and put together an outline. He met once a week with Rev. Cason and his wife Beverly to flesh out the story. Cason also took Scarffe on a tour of the sites where he had been homeless and took photographs as they went, many of which are in the book.
After about a year of working, we came up with Wisdom from the Woodshed. The book is published by the Christian Faith Publishing Company and is available in most retail stores. To see the podcast, go to mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#label/ Writing/FMfcgzGkXwNbzrTTjtfdBzh BQgxTkvSG.
Scarffe holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. Scarffe has been a reporter for The Mountain- Ear newspaper for more than 11 years and has been a writer, newspaper and magazine reporter and editor for more than 30 years. Scarffe has written one book and edited three others. He also has more than 20 poems published in newspapers, anthologies and college magazines.
As a communications professional in colleges and universities, he provided communications consulting services for 12 universities, colleges, non-profit organizations and corporations including creation of communications themes and strategies to launch successful major fund-raising campaigns that effectively reach their audiences and their financial goals, writing copy to explain the need for private funds through case statements and grant proposals, evaluating communications materials and providing a list of recommendations to improve branding and overall communications.
He also worked as communications coordinator for Arapahoe Community College, communications director for Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and director of communications for The Kansas University Endowment Association for 19 years, during which he planned and implemented a public relations strategy that included proactive communications with KU Endowment employees and KU faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors.
He wrote one book: “From Vision to Reality: 100 Years of Private Support.” He supervised a team of eight full-time writers, publications managers and designers and worked with free-lance writers. assigned articles, wrote, edited and managed the creation of newsletters, magazines, proposals, grants and fundraising appeals to individual donors that received funding.
He also developed and maintained logo designs and visual identity systems for KU Endowment on stationery, fund-raising appeals and other printed materials for two major fund-raising campaigns, which raised $918 million for the University of Kansas and supervised the design, implementation and maintenance of an interactive website with on-line giving.
John is married to Anne, another Mountain-Ear reporter and massage therapist, and they and their Rottie mix, Ruby, live in Englewood, Colorado, and they summer in Pinecliffe, Colorado. Anne has three grown children, and John has two grown sons. Together, they have 11 grandchildren, ranging from almost 20 years old to almost two.