Below is a testimony from Annie, one of the women living at the I.G. house in Las Vegas. She shares about an experience that happened recently in which the Lord moved her heart and taught her some valuble lessons about His love through seeing “the one” and serving ”the least of these.”
The past couple of months have been full of adventures, but there is one testimony in particular I would like to share. It all started with a desire to have a Dairy Queen blizzard. As my boyfriend and I ventured out on our quest to Dairy Queen, we saw a woman with a cart on the side of the road. It looked as if she was frozen to the spot since as we drove, she did not seem to move at all. The Dairy Queen was closed and we wanted to see if the lady was okay. We pulled up next to her and asked her if she was okay, to which she didn’t respond. We thought that maybe she couldn’t hear us, so we decided to pull over and got out of the car to talk with her. It was clear that she was homeless, but it also turned out she had just been released from the hospital, couldn’t walk very well, was freezing, and her clothes were substandard. As Michael prayed for her, I was talking with Papa and asking him what in the world I was to do. Unfortunately, I couldn’t just bring her home without my roommates first being asked, but I certainly couldn’t expect another person to take her in either. God reminded me about the good Samaritan. It dawned on me that the good Samaritan didn’t take him home, but rather put the man he encountered on the side of the road up in a room. So we did just that.
Getting her to the Motel 6 down the street was rather hilarious. She had a hard time moving her legs and the jeep was quite high, so Michael was on one side pushing her up while I was attempting to pull her in as she was talking to her leg saying, “I’m trying to move you leg, now listen and move!” I’m sure we looked a bit hysterical. We made it though and got her settled in a room. The other challenge in this whole situation was that she knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to voice it, so to some extent she was coming off as if she was giving us orders and demanding things from us. We could have been offended by that (especially since we were the ones helping her), but God was speaking to us about a servant’s heart and the position he took when he washed His disciples’ feet being a model for us to follow. By washing their feet, He was doing the job of the lowliest slave during that day and age. So it’s hard to be bitter when God asks us to take the position of a servant without complaining or grumbling. We also recognized that this woman desperately needed help. In the end, we were able to get Maria (the homeless lady) the things she needed and share the gospel with her.
Through this one testimony, God put together many lessons that could be shared with the community at my house and apply it to our relationships with one another. I was able to talk to everyone about Romans 14 and John 13 in particular. We are meant to help bear one another’s burdens and watch each others backs. The idea of being servants to one another is also made even more evident when you live with each other. Even simple matters like doing chores around the house play in to this, since you are no longer just cleaning for your self, but now chores become an opportunity to serve those that you live with.
Hope all is going well for the rest of you, and I hope you are just as blessed by this testimony as we are!