Today at soup kitchen, T (one of the homeless men), came up to me and said, “Maureen, I need to talk to you about something.” This isn’t a rare occurrence… it seems like he says this to me every week, so I replied, “Sure, during clothes distribution.” I was honestly expecting him to be asking for something (money, clothes, soap etc.), because he asks me every week.
BUT, this week I was extremely, pleasantly, wonderfully surprised when he told me he has enrolled in a rehab, down in Ashdod. T is an alcoholic (as are most of the homeless), and pretty much every week you can smell the alcohol on him/and see from his appearance. He told me he had previously been there a while ago, but ran away because it was too hard.
“This time though, I am ready. I want to stop. I need to stop, or I won’t live much longer.” he said.
T is brutally honest when it comes to the difficulties of living on the street. He doesn’t gloss it over or embellish the truth of how hard it really is. He’s a very intelligent guy (speaking 4 languages fluently), who got caught with some bad choices, leading to life on the street.
Please remember to pray for T this week. He leaves tomorrow, and he knows that the first 5 days are the most difficult, especially going through the withdraw process at the rehab. He said to me if he can make it through the first week, he can make it through the 6 months. He even asked to take a Bible with him in Russian and Hebrew, so he could read it while he was there. God is moving…..
**out of privacy and respect, I have only written the letter T in place of his name.