Several weeks ago, two of our friends at Tompkins Square Park made a special request. “Do you have a sleeping bag? It’s getting cold and we sleep outside.” They also asked for some particular items of clothing. When someone asks for certain things, we try our best but can’t make a guarantee or promise that we have what they need. However, this time we were able to easily find the items of clothing they wanted in their sizes. Usually we don’t have sleeping bags, but we managed to find a few to give to them. The next week we gave them everything and the week after they were wearing some of the items. They expressed how grateful they were and even gave us a small gift in return.
I had a chance to learn a little more about their lives. They immigrated to the U.S., fleeing the dangers of their home country. Unfortunately, life’s challenges caught up with them and they started drinking. They confessed they want to stop; one guy has been in and out of detoxes multiple times. Yet alcohol still has a grip on them. We talked about how it is possible to be free from the bondage of alcoholism. Our prayer is to see them redeemed and restored to the life that God has for them.