The Pain of Hunger…Part 1

Sep 16, 2016  |     |   General

     You know that feeling you get when you haven’t eaten all day?  You get a low grumble in your stomach that eventually turns into a slight cramping pain.  The thought of that feeling came to my mind as I spoke to a young 18 year old boy who shared with me that he hadn’t eaten in days.
     Of course, our Streets of Omaha volunteer team handed him a sack lunch, but then this boy just sat still, looking at the sandwich he had pulled out of the lunch.  After a moment, I asked him why he didn’t want to take a bite.  His response stabbed my heart like a knife as he said, “I am trying to decide how much I should eat.  I know I will be hungry later.”
     As I tried to fight back tears, one of our volunteers asked him if we could hug and pray for him.  He agreed, and we each gave him a hug.  It was one of the tightest hugs I think I have ever received.

To be continued on Monday, 9/19.

Jessica Coffey
Volunteer Coordinator