So many of my friends think ministry to the poor is only “effective” if it leads those receiving the care to have “dignity”, “independence”, and responsibility. I don’t share that notion, but that does not mean I want to see people languish. I just want to see Jesus celebrated by them and in them. I don’t believe the Nazi message that “Work will make you free”, but I am always thrilled to see a needy person find a job! In my view a job is not THE ANSWER, but of course it is a blessing nonetheless.
Well, for those following this blog for a while now, you know about my partnership with Agent Mamma DJ. I have introduced her here before. And it just so happens that DJ has brought Agent V into this partnership too. Both of these ladies share living quarters in a very humble circumstance, and the situation seems perpetually precarious. Basically, my partners come from among the needy to be ministers to the needy!
Just today, I took DJ and V out around town to help them with some personal business, but along the way God blessed the three of us to find and pray with a woman camped in one of Lubbock’s city parks with her seven dogs! And while we were there praying and encouraging this lowly soul who sleeps in the wide open park in the cold of night, a couple driving by who saw us there ran up to McDonalds and bought lunch for all of us! Divine providence!!! Serendipity of the first order!!!
Later, as we drove away, DJ, V, and I kept remarking on how God had orchestrated our day and moved through us, in us, and even ministered to us as well as the lady with the dogs. There is no way we could ever have planned it. But we made ourselves available, and God left his fingerprints all over our lives for our trouble! DJ and V really might not have had lunch if it weren’t for this divine intervention.
But our time was coming to an end, and in fact, I was running late getting back to my life and work here at the Fat Beggars Home for Widows, Orphans, and Sojourners. But we happened to drive past a restaurant about 4 miles from where DJ and V live that V had a job application filled out and ready to return at. So, we whipped in and dropped it off as fast as we could. Agent V was utterly thankful, because she didn’t think she would be able to walk it back up there today at all, and yet God, in his providence, had directed me to take the route back to their place that led right by this restaurant.
Well, that was all a couple of hours ago. But DJ and V just called to tell me the wonderful news that V got a call back already! She has an interview lined up for 10 o’clock in the morning.
Are you hearing me, dear reader???
She has a JOB INTERVIEW!
As important as this is to me, it is far more important to her! And as important as it is to her, it is ever bit as important to YOU! You readers who think these poor, needy people need to “GET A JOB” should/oughta really be excited about this. And this girl is a go-getter, so I expect her to have a real shot at it.
But as you more perceptive readers surely have discerned by now, she plans to WALK to the interview tomorrow morning, and will set out from home between 8:00 and 8:30 to make sure she has enough time to get there.
But the thing is, I know you CARE. YOU CARE. YOU want to see the poor get jobs and become independent and all that. And even I want to see her get a job and contribute what she can to society. This job will be a tremendous blessing! And since you CARE so much, I am sure you will be happy to bless Agent V with a RIDE. I expect to be tied up with responsibilities here at FBHWOS at the appointed hour.
So, the question is: