I met several times last fall with a homeless gentleman who was visiting the Food Pantry. During our conversations, he talked about God looking out for him despite his current homeless status. When we last spoke, he had a job prospect that would provide a roof over his head for several months if he could work on a few repairs. Unfortunately, he had extensive limitations due to a severe injury so he was unsure if things would work out.
In June, he walked in the Food Pantry looking very pale and having a harder time walking than in the fall. When we talked I found out the reason he had not been back was cancer and brain tumors. He is still living in his van and undergoing treatment with financial help from the Shriners. The gentleman had just finished treatment right before he came to the pantry. He spoke highly of his doctor but was not sure if God was looking out for him anymore. It was heartbreaking to talk to someone completely broken and without hope. The pantry was very quiet at the point he was there so I was able to sit with him the entire time. My heart was very heavy after our conversation.
About a month later, I was running late to Holland Park for the Fun Friday. I saw a man in the distance that I thought for a moment was the gentleman I had met with the month before. Then I thought that was not possible because I have never seen him without a cane and he was so pale and shaking through our last meeting due to the chemo drugs. As we got closer I realized it was the same man. He was tan and smiling! We talked for a few minutes and I invited him to join us for dinner. He was not interested in coming with me but I told him he was welcome to come later if he changed his mind.
A little while later my husband, David, came walking over with the same man. He decided to join us for a little while. We got a drink and he shared that one of the 3 types of cancer was gone, his tumors were smaller and he was feeling much better. If I had been on time I would have missed him. If David had not met up with him when he arrived I may not have learned about the improvement in his health. The heavy heart I had the last few weeks as I prayed was filled with joy, peace and thanksgiving! God is good!
Head Food Pantry Advocate