This afternoon was the epitome of my life as a missionary…
The Bible story during club was that of Jesus raising to life a widow’s only son. The lesson was that Jesus is compassionate, and meets our needs even in the saddest of times. This is a tough one…when I know that two of my 8 year old boys already lost their moms. …
After club, I walked down to Hilda & Yolanda’s house. Hilda is one of my 10 year old girls from the Saturday program. Her 14 year old sister Yolanda just had a baby boy two weeks ago–a pregnancy resulting from a rape. I spent several hours visiting with the family–fielding questions about English and life in the United States, chatting in general, and affirming them in this difficult time.
From Hilda’s house, I went to Derling’s house…actually I was hoping his mother was home, since she offers a cheap, well-done manicure! She wasn’t, but Derling had a question about his Social Studies homework. I ended up staying there for an hour, helping him with several subjects, and then I handed his stepfather information about our tutoring program.
I stood at the bus stop for 20 minutes, waiting. The woman next to me struck up a conversation, and I learned that she worked selling shoes on the street all day. She told me how difficult it is to earn a few dollars every day–and when the bus came, she paid for my fare as well as her own!! It just confirmed for me one more time, that those with the least are the most generous.
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ (Matthew 25:35-45)