A man stopped in for help today. Being the only one here, we walked into the sanctuary and sat down. I asked him what we could do for him today and he began his story. A few minutes later as he winded down, he asked if I could spare any cash for some gas. I had none. His faced then changed, he stood up and walked out. I typically try and at least offer prayer and invite them to come back for services so that we may be able to meet their needs as a church body. But it was too late. There was no time. He just walked away.
This happens a lot here. Sometimes we are able to follow them to the gas station and buy them a half to a full tank. Sometimes they say thanks for listening and go on their way. Sometimes we have cash and can help them the way they’ve asked. But today, he walked away.