‘I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
(Matt. 25:34-40, MSG, emphasis mine).
Yesterday, I tried to call my friend, more than once. She missed my calls. Afterwards, she sent me this message, letting me know why she hadn’t picked up (context detail –> Belén is one of the poorest areas in our city of Iquitos):
“I went to Belén this afternoon. I went to see my kids and their families. I took a little gift to two of my little girls, and I found that they were crying from hunger. I had a little money on me so I bought them two pounds of rice and some eggs so they could eat today. It tears me up inside. I didn’t know I would encounter such need. So many there are crying with hunger pangs. But I am so grateful to come to know these children and their families. That’s why I missed your calls today, my dear Pastor.”
My friend began a new teaching job in that desperate neighborhood a couple of weeks ago. Already, she has adopted her new students as “her kids.” As long as I have known her (which is about twenty years), she has had a beautiful heart to reach out to those in need. She has fed the hungry, cared for the sick, clothed new babies born to unwed mothers, sat with the dying, wept with the bereaved, and spent her life sharing Jesus with everyone she encounters. She is amazing.
She sent me this photo of the two little girls she visited yesterday. They are three and five years old. I zoomed into the picture and gazed at their little faces. The suffering they are enduring is written there. Their beautiful, sad eyes caused an ache and a stirring in the depths of my heart. Holy Spirit whispers to my spirit… He loves them… May we never stop being Jesus’ hands and feet, as long as He has us here…
Have you sometimes had the experience of looking into the eyes of someone who is in great need… and felt the love of the Father breaking your heart for them?