Despite our recent boom , only three of us went out to serve last night. While this isn’t the first time it was unusual. Even more unusual were the few conversations we had (3 people handing out 48 burritos don’t have a lot of time for talking) marc tried to converse with a very beligerant old man who kept saying “ten cents to a donut” like it was common expression. He used it more like ‘what is ten cents to something like a donut’ but it came out more like an expletive (he yelled it more often than not) The ‘locals’ asked us to just let him move along and not encourage him when he’s drunk.
Later, while Marc was talking with one young man Jim and I spoke with Pastor Joe Williams (and crew) who also brings food an ministers to the homeless. They specialize in fried chicken donated by local resturaunts. They are an interesting group. They’re more…exhuberant then most of us, but as long as they are faithful to the scriptures and love God…go for it. As Joe and his friend Bill were talking to me and Jim this little asian woman (Veitmanese, I think) just scooted into the center of us, looked Jim dead in the eye like a lost puppy and started explaining how her preies is somewhere in England, or Britian, or Germany, or…and then rambled on about somethings related to the RCC. It didn’t make any sense to me but eventually Jim asked her if she knew that Jesus Christ was God at which point she shuffled off again, much to Joe’s surprise because he turned around to ask one of the women from his group pray for her only to turn back and find her gone.
Our last stop was at the liquor store near the Smart and Final. Marc had a long discussion with a very animated character who didn’t believe that Jesus felt any pain on the cross. Jim and I talked with Indian Mike who seemed not at the top of his game. We listened as he told us about his life and the things that were going on but eventually he started talking about Mother Earth and Father God. He was wondering why people looked at him funny when he talked about this so I tried to explain. Now, I realize he’s indian (Blackfoot and Mexican) but I can’t let his upbringing be an excuse not to know the gospel correctly. I tried to explain that Mother Earth and Father God are two different concepts that can not co-exist. Eventually, we got to the question “is God perfect” to my surprise, he said “no”. Well, that just got us onto sin and how we brought sin into the world not God. He countered it wasn’t us but Adam who did this. I then asked “can a dog give birth to a cat?” (I’ll give you a hint – no) If Adam was full of sin then his offspring are born full of sin. And suddenly… the light came on. We talked a little more and eventually had to get going because it was already 10pm so we said good night and headed home. Our conversation just made his day. But I won’t let it go to my head. He had told us earlier how giveing his friend’s daughter a stuffed monkey toy made his day because of how she smiled and thanked him. I’m pretty sure we came in second but hopefully it will have an effect on him and his walk with Christ.