She has little to live on and visits our drop-in each week to get by. She is careful not to share her life story with too many, so when she speaks, you feel part of the privileged few.
Today, she tells me she is waiting for a call from her Band to book a flight home. Two of her sisters are in the hospital. One is recovering. The other is dying. Her brother also has serious health issues. She herself is battling cancer. She cries when I ask “how are you holding up?”
After we pray, I give her a devotional book to read. She leaves smiling, wiping her tears. A few minutes later, she returns with a small donation for the ministry. I protest, but she insists. ‘You all do so much for me. And, now, I want to help you.’
Left alone in my cubicle, I am brought to tears.
I am reminded of Jesus’ story of the poor widow’s meager offering in Mark 12:41-44. Objectively, the offering is little. Two small copper coins. But it is more than she can afford and means far more because of the spirit of goodwill behind her deed.
I may think I am here to help others, but Jesus often shows me otherwise.
30 Days of Prayer, 30 Seconds Each Day, In Honour of Our 30th Anniversary
This story is part of A Special Series this month in honour of OIM’s 30th Anniversary. We hope to raise awareness, challenge misconceptions, and honestly reflect the lives of those who call the streets their home. As you reflect on these stories, please take a moment to PRAY EACH DAY – just 30 seconds – for our ministry’s needs.
Thanks and God Bless You.