After being out of the country for an extended period of time, I wondered if Jorge would still be there when we returned. Sure enough, there he was, leaning on his crutches. As I prepared to stop, the light turned green and I knew it would not be possible to give him something this time. I considered just dropping it on the street as I drove by but quickly decided against it, as I could imagine him being run over trying to collect the small gift.
I decided to pull off the road and go find Jorge on foot. It took some time to change lanes and find a safe place to pull off. As I got out to walk back to the I was surprised to see Jorge hobbling towards me on his crutches. We finally had a chance to talk and I learned that he had problems with his hip and leg. There was an open sore on his foot and he needed an operation that would not be covered by the government health system. He was trying to save up money to buy medicine and looking forward to seeing a doctor who had promised to help him. He told me that a long day on the street begging would bring in about $4. Before parting we were able to pray together and I promised to see how we could help.
The next time I saw him, it was clear that Jorge's foot was not getting better. This time Nancy was with and we stopped and discussed the various options for care available to him. We were able provide enough financial support to help get him off the street for a while and allow his foot to heal. Most importantly, we were able to pray with Jorge and we learned he has a strong faith knowing that Jesus is always taking care of him.
I wish I could tell you how the story ends, but it is still unfolding, please join us in praying for Jorge's healing and that God will give us wisdom to know how and who we should help when faced with so much need. It is because of your generous support that we are able to reach out to people like Jorge. Together with you, we eagerly desire to hear the words of Jesus:
Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Matthew 25: 34-36