Montee in the middle of two friends at the Alamo Hotel
Friday night while we were out doing Midnight outreach I ran into Montee, he's a wiry four year old that comes to Thrive on Fridays and church on Sundays with his grand mother. The first time I saw him, I loved him. He has a large head, a jittery mannerism and wild eyes that dart back and forth when you talk to him. I kiss his big round head and hug him tight every time I see him. If they'd let me I'd take him and wouldn't think twice.
He was as happy as I was when we saw each other Friday night at the Alamo Hotel. He loves me as much as I do him. He was outside at 11pm playing with some other kids and roaming around the drug infested, prostitution haven that is the Alamo. I never saw his grandmother. We gave him and his friends candy and made sure they knew we would be there Sunday to pick them up for church. I hated to leave him. His grandmother is mentally impaired, I have never seen his mother and Montee looks malnourished and un-mothered.
Today he was at church. He was being loved on by Mrs. Susan Rogers, she works with the 3-6 yr olds. I kissed his head but had to go work with the older kids. And that's ok, cuz' ain't no one can love on a wiry little four yr old like Mrs. Susan.
When Montee comes on Fridays to Thrive with his grandmother he gets a snack and lunch, clothes out of the boutique and he gets read too, loved on and treated with kindness. On Sunday he gets breakfast, snacks and his grandmother gets a bag of groceries. He also learns about Jesus and sees him in action through people like Mrs. Susan and many others.
I am so blessed that I get to be a part of a place that is feeding Montee both spiritually and physically and clothing him. I get to be a part of his life and many other great kids and great people who are hurting, lost and need Jesus to change their lives. I am blessed that I get to be the hands and feet of Jesus and best yet is I get to see Jesus in the eyes of the people of the inner city especially a wiry little four yr old boy named Montee.
Matthew 25:34-40 (THE MESSAGE BIBLE)
34 -36"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. And here's why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.'
37 -40"Then those 'sheep' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.'