Yesterday, we heard a knock on our gate. Oscar went out to see who it was and there was this same gentleman. Still wearing the shoes Oscar gave him holding what looked to be a jug of water. He humbly lifted the water jug and handed it to Oscar. He told Oscar that he was so thankful for his new shoes that he had been praying for God to provide a way to give us something in return. It took him two weeks to come up with the supplies and finally he was able to make some disinfectant for us. Oscar told him that it was not necessary. The man probably could use that to wash some car windows on the street and get some money to eat with. But the man insisted. It was his way of saying thank you. So Oscar took the jug and thanked the man. He came into the house and showed it to me and told me what it was and we both cried for a few seconds. Such a sacrifice for this man. A jug of disinfectant probably could have been used in some way for him to earn some money and eat but instead he gave it to us. I don't know if anyone reading this will fully understand. It would be like you living pay check to pay check, no savings account and handing over your entire pay check to some one. Only you would still have your house, clothes, shoes, cars, phone, and probably food in your freezer. Can you picture it?
Oscar and I talked for a while about this man. We had never seen him before and we don't know if we'll ever see him again. What we do know is that out of all of the homeless who visit us he is the only one that has ever come back to say thank you. Please understand, we never expect to get thanked. I can only imagine when you are desperately hungry or thirsty or cold from being out in the rain all day that the last thing you are thinking about are manners. We would never dream of feeling neglected because no one comes back to thank us. What we did learn from this man is humility, gratefulness, and sacrifice.
What will you sacrifice today to help these precious people in El Salvador?