For the last four years our church has provided emergency shelter for the homeless men in our city. We are trying to put together something for homeless women. Please pray about that with us.
Our city has a small, but growing homeless population. While the shelter is primarily for people living in our city, periodically, we get someone who is just passing through. Recently, a guy stayed with us for a little more than a week. He had been riding around the United States on his bike for 11 months. He was quiet, and didn’t want to talk to much. But when he did talk, his story was interesting. About a week ago, he left town. Yesterday I received the following email from him:
I just wanted to say thank you … Words would not adequately express my appreciation for the shelter in Franklin. I was the gentleman passing through on my bike. Right now I am in Tupelo MS.
The volunteer meals were incredible, the shower was just heaven, and of course a warm place to sleep was such a gift.
I do have both of your books, not sure yet if they made it through the rain today, but I did read the first four chapters of “Failing Like Jesus” and I very much identified with it. Looking forward to reading the books in their entirety, but it is difficult to do given the precarious nature of my situation. Warmer weather and longer daylight hours will help me do more reading then at this point!
Anyway, THANK YOU for your tireless work!
The odds of us ever seeing this gentleman are small, but who knows, maybe one day. As I read his email, I was reminded of how a small act of kindness can have significant eternal results. After all, Jesus said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” (Matthew 10:42).