Now if he can just find a wife!
Technology is an amazing thing! Now I know all you persons under 40 don’t need me (over 65!) to tell you how incredible it is to talk and email and communicate across this world. But then again maybe you do.
Why? It’s because you—yeah YOU— and that includes a whole lot of human beings who kind of take this stuff for granted… well maybe not for granted, but let’s just say folks who call it “no big thing.”
I was walking out my Jesus People home front door when I ran into Anthony… a long time friend who I hadn’t seen for awhile. He has happy to see me, but he was very engrossed in a conversation on his phone.
I stopped for a moment, allowing him to continue his conversation, when he abruptly started telling me that he was talking with his brother—Pastor Johnny—over in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. And he went on to tell his brother about me and my work. I was a little taken aback (not really) at his bringing me into his phone call.
“Here, you want to talk to him?” he said, handing me the phone.
“Well, sure….if he wants to?” I replied. “Hello Pastor Johnny, how are you? How are things going over there—in Ethiopia?”
“Oh, pretty well, ” he said. “I understand that you’re a friend of Anthony’s? ”
“Yeah, that’s right,” I said. “He’s been a helpful volunteer, at different times, over the years we’ve known each other. And Anthony tells me that you have a great work over there for the Lord.”
“Yes, we are blessed to be doing his work, ” he said.
We chatted a little more about how God is moving in so many different ways, and Johnny couldn’t agree more, calmly ending our conversation with, “This is God’s time.”
I handed the phone back to Anthony, and he finished up his talk with his brother. Then I invited Anthony over to my office (only two blocks away) so we could talk some more. He agreed.
Anthony told me how he had come to Chicago way back in 1992. And he told me how he loved it. At present, he was working as a lobby attendant at the famed “Drake” hotel in downtown Chicago. He told me he was 48 and single—which means he was not married, that he had not been “blessed” to have a wife.
“Yeah, Chris, I have a lot of friends, here in Uptown,” he said. ” A lot of people know me. And I love helping to serve the Monday meal offered to the community at Uptown Baptist Church.”
And he told me how our “poor” folks in Uptown have it so much better than so many “poor” in his country of origin. And he told me that there is about 8 million people starving right now over there. And he said for some folks over there —a few pieces of bread might be all they have to eat on most days.
Anthony is thankful to have the life that he has. He just asks me —and all you readers–to pray for God to bring him a good Christian woman, a good woman he can share his life with, and serve and love the Lord with… together.
So–Prayer requests! For Pastor Johnny and his outreach, For “the least” in Ethiopia, who have so little. For a godly wife for Anthony.
Take care. Thanks for stopping by. Chris.
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