My husband and I have been doing street outreach for about 15 months now. Last summer, we met a few street friends at a park and my husband was talking to one person, while I was talking to someone else.
Sarah was quite drunk but we were able to have a conversation. She thought that we were paid to do street outreach and I told her that we were volunteers. She was amazed that we would spend our own time walking the streets and talking to people like her. I told her that my husband and I really like coming out onto the street and meeting with people in need.
Sarah was so thankful that she wanted to give me something as her token of appreciation. I told her that it was not necessary. She insisted and said that I would insult her if I did not accept. So she went through her meagre belongings and gave me a keychain. It was in the shape of a star and the word “Hope” was written on it.
Hope has a very special meaning to me. On January 1, 2014 I asked the Lord for a word for the coming year. The word that the Lord gave me was “Hope”. I was so overwhelmed by Sarah’s generosity and by God for His reminder of the word He gave me for the year. I cherish that necklace because it was given with a grateful heart from a place of poverty and as a reminder that my Father in Heaven loves me and Sarah.
Written by Sandy Poskus – Wednesday Night Outreach Volunteer