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The Inhaler

It was the last day of our trip to Honduras. Our group divided up in order to deliver groceries to needy families. One group visited an elderly couple and their grandchildren. It was an unplanned visit because the place they intended to go did not work out. As they walked back from that home, they saw the home of this elderly couple so they stopped to meet them and to give them the groceries.
The heat was sweltering that morning. The translator spoke with the couple to meet them and find out who they were. The elderly man coughed several times during their visit. His breathing was so labored the group could hear him gurgling as he breathed. Through a translator he told them that he had been unable to work because his breathing would not allow him to do so. He had asthma. The food was a great blessing. Since he had no money for medication he had to live with his asthma the best he could.

As the translator related their story to the group, one of the teens felt a tugging inside. She knew that she had to do something about this because she could. She has asthma also. She responded to the tug. It took a moment, but she spoke to her mom, “Hey, do you have my inhaler?”
Old man and the inhaler“Yeah. Why?”
“Well I have not needed it on this trip. That man needs it. Can I give it to him?”
“Yes, I guess so.”
Through the translator, she communicated to the man that the inhaler was his. They showed him how to use it. His gratitude cannot be expressed in words of any language. By the time they left he was breathing easier.

Let this gift soak in for a moment. She gave away her inhaler. In a foreign country. That simple moment of true compassion must have been powerful. It was a moment when the love of Christ reigned supreme. An elderly man in the Honduran forest had a need. A teenage girl from North Carolina had the resource. In this unplanned meeting, GOD was showing Himself faithful to a man who was struggling to breathe through a young girl who was planning to bring that inhaler back home with her. When she was packing for the trip and making certain she had it, she never imagined a grandfather in Honduras was waiting on it. And he never imagined he would be breathing easier either. But GOD knew. It is amazing what GOD can do when we are willing to share ourselves with others.

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.”
– Isaiah 58:10, niv

(This post is the last regarding my trip to Honduras. It was a memorable week. I am glad I could share some of it with you. I hope it has been encouraging to you.)

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