On the road to the Mission, I often pick up one of our homeless guests making their way back to the Men’s Center. One day I saw David walking along the roadside with a heavy red suitcase and shoulder bag. I offered him a ride, and he gladly accepted.
When I asked him where he was going, he said, “Home to Japan.” I said, “Oh my goodness! You’re not homeless?” He burst out laughing, “No! I am a Berkshire Hathaway share holder and this was my first trip to Omaha.” David walks and even runs to most places in Japan, so he thought walking to the airport was not a big deal. He did not realize, however, that there is not a sidewalk all the way to the airport, which is why he was grateful for the lift.
I shared with him about Open Door Mission, pointing to our campus on the way to airport. “We need that in Japan!” David said. “The homeless live on the streets, in shanties and squatters’ quarters.”
We both learned a lot today from this experience! I am so grateful our community provides not only an awesome campus of facilities but opportunities for the homeless.
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