The Kindness Project - Some Stories Part 4
Some of you might know that about a year ago I won a contest for a Kodak Printer on what I would do with $220.00 in Saving.
One of the people who I sent 30 Dollars to is my cousin Robin who is a Pastor of a small church in Oklahoma. I have not seen Robin in about 36 years and just last year I connected with him via e-mail.
Him and his wife Renee sent me 3 stories. Here 3rd of the 3:
(For this story I have changed the names and censored the tribal name.)
The other situation has to do with the son of an employee Renee supervises. Renee’s employee is named Debbie and she is a xxxxx Native American. Renee has been at the crisis center since 1988 and has supervised this woman for most of that time.
When Debbie came on board she was a recovering alcoholic with two children, a son Austin, and a daughter Susan. Debbie has been a constant and consistent employee and is a believer, but her life has been very difficult and tragic.
Susan had two children, but also had acute kidney failure and died about four or five years ago. Debbie has raised Susan’s children as her own.
Austin, has two kids, but a few months ago his wife left him with the small kids. Austin is in his late 30s or perhaps around 40 years old. About the time his wife left him he noticed a lump in his thigh, but ignored it as he thought it was just a cyst. He had too much going on at the time.
About a month ago it began hurting badly and he went to the doctor and it was determined to be a malignant cancer. They removed the tumor which was about the size of one of those small toy footballs. He is now undergoing chemo and radiation therapy.
Debbie is worried sick. We got a card for Austin that has a picture of an eagle on the front and then the quote from Isaiah where it says, “They that wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings like eagles… Renee got him a Braum’s gift card (Braums is a local ice cream/fast food/grocery chain that is very good and very popular) and we assured him of our concern and prayers.
These are just small acts and in and of themselves will not relief the burdens these people are under. But knowing people care gives hope, and hope gives strength.