A couple of weeks ago I had a very special surprise that made my day. While I was at the mission that afternoon, Dr. Kerry called and asked me to give a couple cans of formula to a young lady who was probably waiting outside the mission. After locating the two cans, I took them to the large gate at the front of the mission building and walked through the opening. Sitting on a small ledge across from the gate was a young woman in her late twenties? I asked her if she was the one who needed the formula, and her face lit up. I didn’t know her name, but her beaming smile told me she was the one. As I gave them to her, she leaned forward and gave me a kiss on the cheek. You would have thought I just gave her a $1000 bill. She thanked me repeatedly, and I knew it came from her heart. As she walked away and I returned to the mission, my heart was filled with joy and wonder. What a special moment that was! I was reminded again how far so little can go among needy people like this.
I’ve had the privilege of helping lots of folks over the years with their eye sight, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had a greater joy or privilege than I had that afternoon of meeting a need that was so appreciated. She made me feel as though her very life depended on that formula. And as I think about it, it really does! I never would have thought that two cans of formula could ever mean so much to a dear young mother… and her child… and me!