On Saturday, our team had our day of rest. One of my teammates and I had prepared a super delicious packed lunch for the team. We made bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches that we were so stoked to eat. Packing them in our bags, we loaded up in our van to head to town.
A group of us got out in the downtown area of Tauranga to walk around the market place and then eat lunch by the water. As we walked along the sidewalk, our leader stopped and began talking to a homeless man we had passed. The rest of us continued walking, but we felt like we should have taken time to stop and shown love to that man.
Just as we were feeling this, we came across another homeless gentleman sitting right ahead of us. We walked up to him and asked what his name was and how he was doing. One of the guys in our group gave his sandwich to the man and we also gave him some fruit and muesli bars. He was so excited to have a meal that was yummy and homemade. Even though we were giving up some of our lunch, it was worth it to see how touched he was that people would care for him!
As we continued the conversation, he opened up about some of the difficult things he was facing. We asked him if he knew Jesus and he said he knew Jesus was the Savior, but there were some hurdles with which he was still struggling. One of our teammates began speaking truth to him that the Holy Spirit was putting on her heart. Then God prompted me to say, “Not only does God love you, but we love you, too.”
Before we left him, all of us gathered around him and prayed for him. He was so touched by Jesus’ love that he started tearing up. As we said goodbye, I noticed he seemed more free—happier—with an overall sense of being known and valued.
From this experience, I’ve realized there is always time to reach out to people, even on your off day!
Story by Gabby Logue. Written by Reisa Waddell.
Both Music & Arts DTS Students