We are now back in Florida from Guatemala, helping my Dad. Had to do a detour... but that's life.
However; along the way recently, I have been more and more awakened by 'needs' of those we encounter. In the US, I gave the "needs of homeless, or a generic organization--- a check here and there." Now, I am seeing and realizing more, the needs of humanity more personally. Maybe it's the frequency of mixing with varying cultures as we get to travel internationally, but the needs of others, are hitting me.
A couple of coins here and there don't do much in the 3rd world, nor does a $5. bill if you fly into Ft. Lauderdale.
We had just flown into Ft. Lauderdale from Guatemala and I only had $20's in my wallet from the airport's ATM. We picked up our rental car and were stopping for lunch before a 4 hr. drive across Florida to our home. In the fast food restaurant's parking lot was a VERY homeless young man. Sitting with a look of weakness and hopelessness, tattered clothes and holding a broken umbrella to shelter him from sunlight, he watched us go into the fast food restaurant. Then, upon returning to our car, still sitting as we passed by, he asked quietly and respectfully for a dollar. Since we were 'upset' with the long line, we had left without ordering, so still had only $20's. I told him I didn't have one, which was the truth, but with a vision of him burning my mind, we returned 20 minutes later after getting change and handed him a 5 requesting he get some food.
I now, often and with serious regret, chastise myself for not just handing him a $20. What was I thinking? He was so lost. I could have done much more.
5 minutes later, needing to make a right turn onto the Interstate, we were stopped for a light. On the curb in front of us a few cars up, was a middle aged woman, looking similarly desperate. She sat crying, obviously in deep dispair. Many in our world need help.
Today, I took my dad to church and later asked the priest "where and how can homeless get direct and instant help thru the church." Father Vladimir responded without missing a heartbeat, "St. Vincent De Paul Society", was the link needed. That comment has led me to them and other sites, but:
I will find out HOW to make this work, or start working on thoughts of my own. Any ideas or helpful comments will be appreciated.