“Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.”
I have been thinking about how to approach this post for a few days, a way to help people see what we see, to hear what we hear from some of our friends.
Not only are they tough to endure the elements of the heat, and cold, but all of the obstacles they meet daily as well, many battle from mental challenges, which make them fair game on the street.
On the streets they are taken advantage of, there are a couple of service stations in our area all of the seasoned homeless know not to go into to use the restroom, there are thugs, yes thugs, who hang out and see them go in, and then rob them in the bathrooms. Most of the time they steal their food cards, because our friends rarely have money.
Recently I was in town and saw a homeless man given a bag of tacos, as he was crossing the street during a light change, a guy in the passenger seat of a car yelled at him, “hey buddy can I have some taco’s” he walked right up to the car and gave him probably the only food he would have for that day. The two guys sped off laughing and yelling at him.
Then we come to another friend, and I won’t mention his name to keep from embarrassing him. This friend is positive that a woman in Africa is in love with him, and he is doing all he can to bring her here to be with him…does this sound familiar?
Of course this woman or man, sent a picture of a beautiful woman to his phone, and immediately began telling him how much danger she was in. Money I need money to flee, I guess our friend hasn’t told her he is homeless and doesn’t have a penny to his name.
We have spoken to him about this, there is no listening, he is positive this person is in love with him. Just a week ago we found out that he was working an odd job to get money to send to this person, and still our talks did not do any good.
They are taken advantage of in many, many ways, some they can’t help, some they can.
We pray that God watches over them all…even our friend in love with an African beauty…
The Forgotten Shall Be Forgotten No More