Tonight I stumbled upon an opportunity….I called Papa John’s to order two one topping pizzas. They wanted $12.99 for each of them, $24.98 total.
So I asked them if there was a special price per pizza if I bought more. She said if I bought three, they would be $7 each. Three pizzas for $21.
Now there is no way we, our family, could eat three large pizzas, but I thought “Heck, its free!” So i got three pizzas and decided to give it away to the first homeless person I saw.
As I was driving home JAC and I were scanning the streets for someone to gift a pizza to, but it was weird. We couldn’t find anyone. Then I remembered….everyone was at the Tent Crusade at the Memphis Union Mission. I thought I wasn’t going to be able to find anyone, then I saw a couple by a statue while sitting at a red light.
JAC and I went over there and asked if they wanted a pizza and they did and they ended up being the sweetest, nicest people I have met in a while.
Angel & Walter from Seattle on their way to New Orleans. They had just arrived at 12:30am Monday morning on a Greyhound. They spent a day on the streets and ended up coming to the Crusade last night, hearing our worship band and Angel rededicated her life at the end of Ricky’s message!
They spent all day trying to find work to raise money for bus tickets to New Orleans, but no luck. They hadn’t eaten all day and were turned away from several different churches.
I can’t tell you how good our conversations were today. We hung out for a while when I gave them the pizza. they asked for a blanket so I headed home, ate with my family and went back out there with a blanket.
Again, amazing conversation and a really sweet time of prayer. And then I did something I had never done before….Angel and Walter asked me to tuck them in.
If you have never tucked in a homeless person on a sidewalk, you know it is such a real moment. A memory I will never forget. So sobering.
Angel asked me to take a picture of them so I did:
Who would have thought that choosing to order an extra pizza would lead me to meet an Angel….and a Walter.