What was just a normal walk home from praying at the mall, turned into a divine encounter with the love and mercy of Jesus.
When our team was walking home from ministering at the mall, we were stopped and asked for money. This was the second time this happened to us on our walk home, so it struck me as an odd coincidence and possibly a time where God was wanting to move. The woman who stopped us, I'll call her Lacy, was carrying groceries and had just run out of money at a nearby pay phone. None of us were carrying cash at the moment, but immediately 'Acts 3:6' popped into my mind. I could hear Holy Spirit prompting me to say to Lacy, “We don’t have money, but what we do have, we can give to you.” I asked Lacy if she needed prayer for anything and if there was anything we could do to practically help her out (besides give her money). She began crying and explaining her poor health and her life situation to us. I believe Holy Spirit really moved through us because she kept saying, “Wow, I’ve never met anyone like you guys. You are so kind. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me.”
We helped Lacy carry her groceries to her apartment a couple of blocks away. We made plans to come by in the morning and bring her to church. When we got there the next morning, she had left a note saying that she wouldn’t be able to make it to church, so we left her a Bible with highlighted verses, we wrote her a note, and gave her our England phone number in case she needed to reach out again. We were also able to give her the contact information for a local charity called Hope City Furniture because she was in desperate need of some furniture. She did call us back later and thanked us for the Bible.
Staying surrendered to the move of God’s Holy Spirit is what made this encounter possible. Lacy was in so much pain that she said she had contemplated suicide a few days prior. All we did was take the time to listen to her and walk her home, and she had a completely changed demeanor. We gave her what we had – the hope of Jesus Christ.