I met Doris nearly six years ago.
I was only 16 and out of the country for the first time. On the schedule one night was a dinner for prostitutes.
We would make a nice meal, give them each a rose, and share the gospel.
Prostitutes? I was terrified.
But I sat down that night beside a woman whose body shook and shivered. My heart broke for her. As we talked with a translator, she told me that she hated her lifestyle, but felt she had no other choice.
Her face lit up when the pastor handed her a Bible.
That whole night I had this nagging feeling that I needed to pray for Doris—outloud. I argued with God most of the evening using excuses like, I’m not good at praying out loud, or we don’t even speak the same language.
But finally I did.
As I prayed for Doris in a language she didn’t understand…we both cried. In that moment I realized that Doris wasn’t a prostitute who was addicted to drugs…she was a person whom Jesus loved just like he loves me.
Fast forward to six years later.
This past spring break, while on a mission trip with POI, I saw a tiny woman hobble into the church with a cane.
I went back to Honduras for the summer and saw Doris nearly every day. She has AIDS and is very sick, but she also now has a hope in Christ that will never fail her.
She treks across the city every Sunday just to get to the POI Guacerique church.
Each day this summer, I watched the POI staff and the church body treat her not like a former prostitute with this terrible disease, but as a sister or a friend. I watched the cooks bring her a chair and make her food, and I’ve watched the administrator and my body guard drive us all over town to get her medicine, take her to the hospital and move her into an apartment.
This is exactly what Jesus did on earth. He loved the least of these– the ones that everyone else ignored.
I am so thankful to be apart of a ministry like POI. I spent two months living life with the staff of this ministry in Honduras. This is so much more than a job to them. They may be slow getting paperwork done, but its because they are willing to stop what they are doing and love the least of these, and I truly believe that is what its all about.
Please pray for Doris. Yesterday she was admitted to an AIDS hospital because her condition is worsening. Pray that the Lord will show her purpose in every moment, and fill her with peace.
Who is Blogging?
Hannah Johnson went on her first on her first mission trip to Honduras six years ago. She now works for the ministry and is passionate about orphan care and the “least of these.” To read more, click here.