I was standing outside with Daisy this morning when an African Woman, probably in her late 40’s or 50’s was walking by our house.
Daisy, of course, completely ignored my commands and joyfully ran out to say hi. The unknown lady was clearly not comfortable with dogs. I got Daisy to come back and the next thing I know, the lady who we’ll call May, walked up to me in the carport under the house.
We exchanged the usual greetings and she started telling me that she was new here, after leaving another state to escape an abusive husband, or boyfriend, I can’t remember exactly. I asked her if I could pray with her, she said yes, and I prayed while she cried.
She told me she was out looking for food and wondered if I might have something she could eat? Of course we did! She was also hunting for candles for the house she is living in. Evidently her power is currently shut off. I invited her in, introduced her to Jodi and we had a great breakfast together thanks to Jodi’s quick cooking skills. We explained how grateful we were to have the opportunity to serve her because of God’s provision and leading.
She let us know that she believed in Jesus, but no longer considered herself a Christian because she hasn’t been doing Christian things, such as going to church, etc. Jodi was quick to jump in and let her know that God’s love and gift of salvation is not dependent on our church attendance or other activities. She seemed happy to hear this. Of course I’m writing a very abbreviated version of the entire conversation.
After breakfast, more conversation, and loading up another bag for her to take, we prayed again and said our goodbyes. It was a fantastic morning in Gulfport.