Week after week, I felt God was placing a particular store on my heart. A short time later, I saw on the local news that there were two robberies in that store’s parking lot, so I decided to go change the spiritual climate. Before my friends and I left, God said the word hungry would be a clue about who He wanted to bless, and my friend Maria wrote it down. With a car full of radical Jesus followers, we pulled into the parking lot and saw a homeless man holding a sign that said “Hungry.” So I went with Maria to speak to him. We talked with the man and bought him some food.
Then we saw a second homeless man digging in the garbage looking for bottles in front of the store, and we talked with him. Two guys we didn’t know approached us and gave the homeless man some money, prayed for him, and then offered to buy him a sleeping bag! A third man approached, needing food for his family. After we helped him, he knelt down in front of the store to receive prayer. He suddenly started growling, a physical manifestation signalling the presence of a demon, and we commanded it to leave. After we led this man to freedom, he recommitted his life to Jesus.
We went back over to the first homeless man who had held the “hungry” sign and found out that he had kept some of the peanut butter crackers but had given away most of the food to other people who were hungry. The “hungry” man was no longer a hungry man but a humanitarian who feeds the hungry. The same parking lot that was the site of two robberies and thefts had become a place of generous giving!