Monday, May 6, 2013

Feeding the Homeless.

I would like for you to meet Jessica. She is 19 years old and has a beautiful 3 year old daughter named Liliana. I had the privilege of meeting both of them as well as others in Santa Ana this past Sunday. A friend started "Operation Feed the Homeless" a few years back. He is an inspiration because he saw a need and his desire was to provide for the people In Santa Ana. This past Sunday I went for the first time not knowing what to expect. I knew that not all of the people who come to grab a meal were homeless. However, I knew that I would encounter something different than what I am used to. My cousins came and wanted to participate by bringing food and gifts for the 2 children whose birthday they were celebrating.

Jessica was telling me that she has decided to go back to school and get her diploma after being out of school these past 3 years. As we talked I could see a sense of pride in her eyes. Not the bad kind, the kind that brightens up the world a little more. I'm so proud of her for making the decision to go back and finish what she had started. I asked about college and she said , "Isn't that expensive?" I know that God has a plan. The scripture that comes to mind is Jeremiah,
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV)

My prayer is that Jessica knows that there are people rooting for her to succeed on life and that God is cheering even louder for her as she continues to persevere.