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Thursday, August 03, 2006

 

Unlikely Samaritan


I just missed the office shuttle and it's getting dark. How would I get home? There's hardly any bus passing at this hour. Despite the big development projects, this city remains a remote wilderness. And in case the last bus passed by, I wouldn't take it and cling at the back like a monkey. No, not in my office attire.

Hey, wait, what is this car up to? Why did it stop? Wow, and it's a Mercedes Benz van."

"Hop in," the man behind the wheel invited, perhaps noticing the uncertainty etched on my face. So hop in I did. But not without a moment's hesitation.

Could he be a gay guy on a night prowl, in search of prey? Heck, of course not! I perished the evil thought even before I could answer it. I'm not the type gays would fall for even if they were on hormone therapy.

Before long, inside the van, the man started talking. "Brother, where do I take you to?"

"Oops," I thought, "This guy must be something."

"You belong to a charismatic community, right?" I asked pryingly.

"Yes. I'm a member of the Couples for Christ."

I smiled triumphantly.

Then the man started to tell his story about how came into joining Couples. He said he was a former drug pusher. He recounted that, once upon a time he went to a remote place to forge a major deal, and he ended up being robbed and beaten, left lying on the road with only his shorts on.

He said he was saved from further shame when a car driven by a stranger stopped and helped him go home. This experience made him so grateful to God that he joined his wife who was then already into the charismatic renewal.

And that was why when he saw a man in his office uniform waiting for a ride, uncertainty written on his face, he didn't hesitate to stop. He was just returning a favor.

This was roughly L.H.'s account of his experience-of-a-lifetime. He was the man in the office wear.

7.23.2000


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