Yesterday evening after my Friday English class at the Ukrainian church, I was joined for coffee by my friends Alex, Ruslana and their daughter Ester at a coffee shop in my city called Telegraph Mill. The barista who helped us was kind to my friends, so I shared with her that they are from Ukraine. I found out she is an education major currently student teaching at a school that has a few Ukrainian children.
While I was enjoying coffee with my friends, the barista came to our table to ask if I speak Spanish. A woman in the coffee shop needed help. I went over the her table and spoke with her in Spanish. The poor woman did not know her address or a phone number to call for family. She seemed confused. My suggestion was to call the police hoping an officer who speaks Spanish would come.
Two officers came but they did not speak Spanish, They asked me to translate. The poor woman had a difficult time tracking with any conversation. They asked me to ask her if they could take her to our People’s City Mission. She agreed. It was a relief she agreed because the People’s City Mission will know how to help her.
Such moments of interaction, of showing a bit of kindness, are part of why I am so grateful Jesus has led me to my ministry and work. It is also why I am grateful he led me to study Spanish thirteen years ago.
Jesus knows our future and how it all fits together. He knows how we are wired. When he prompts us to do something, there might not be immediately visible reasons, but we trust in him remembering the truth of Ephesians 2:10:
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
23 thoughts on “Coffee Time-Helping A Woman In Trouble”
Matt, God has definitely placed you in the right places for teaching and helping immigrants. Blessings!
This level of kindness is so rare with conversation. Showing us the importance of languages.
Thank you for sharing Sir.
glad to share it
Thank you. They are a blessing to me 🙂
Great post, and thank God you are able to be there to help in time of need. You are a great witness for Christ.
Thank you Andy. It is a blessing to be of service
God seems to put you in the right place at the right time, often, brother. What an inspirational story!
Thank you David. All God needs is a willing heart and he takes care of the rest
Love it Matt.
Thank you Gary 🙂
God’s timing is perfect. So thankful He could use you for you to in-turn give Him the glory, and what a way to witness to those who were there.
God’s timing is indeed perfect 🙂
Glad you were able to help. God plants people in the right place, at the right time.
Yes he does 🙂
Wow, Matt, this tears at my heartstrings. I wonder if you could find out if this woman connected with her family.
I wish I could find out
Amen. God continues to shine His light upon the needs of others so that we will clearly see.
I am grateful he shines his light
So glad you were able to help that poor lady. It is not easy to get lost in a strange place. Whenever I visit any country I always walk with the address of the hotel or place that I am staying.
Good thinking to keep the address with you