A letter from Ambassador from Los Angeles, Lewis Jang:
I’m not sure how to start this letter but I’m going to share as it comes to my heart.
Today, I was smoking a cigarette outside of my home and I saw a homeless lady who has been in front of my apartment building for a long time. Today though, I felt so much sorrow for her and I’m not sure why. She said she was hungry, so I invited her in to have dinner with me, even though all I had was some rice and ramen noodles. My roommate happened to be out for the evening, so I could invite her in without disturbing him.
Through the Worldwide Star Search showcase and the Rejoice in Hope Foundation, I gained so much about what is true about poverty and homelessness, so I decided to take a step forward and take action. I was going to try small steps but suddenly I felt like I needed to be more aggressive and take action to help in my community. When the lady was finished eating, she hurried to leave. I tried to talk to her but she said she had to go, so I ran after her and gave her all the cash I had, $6.00. She told me her name is Lancy, but I’m not sure if that is her real name.
When I came back, I realized that three lotions were missing from the bathroom. It didn’t bother me, because those are things that can be replaced. I now find myself worrying about her safety and I’ve never had that feeling before. I’m not sure how to share so I wanted to share this letter with you because I want to make sure these feelings are normal when you care for a stranger.
Hi I am Lewis Jang
어떻게 얘기를 시작해야 할지 몰라서
그냥 생각 나는데로 얘기 하겠습니다
오늘 매일 저희 집 앞에 있는 홈리스 친구를…매일 집앞에서 보는데… 제가 오늘 너무 서럽고 슬프고 상처받고 그래서… 어떤 마음인지 모르겠어요…. 그냥 그 친구에게 물어서 집으로 데려와서 밥을 먹였습니다.
담배를 피고 있는데 배가 고프다고 해서 집에 오늘 마침
룸메이트가 없으니 밥이나 같이 먹자고 그래서 둘이 같이...라면을 먹었습니다.
저도 이번에 Showcase에서 느낀점이 너무 커서 그냥 진짜 라면 하나를 먹고 천천이 얘기를 시도 했는데…
갑자기 가야겠다며.. 막 나가더라구요.
그래서 나가서 현금이 $6 밖에 없어서… 그걸 주고 보내고 왔습니다.
이름은 LANCY 라는데 진짜 이름인지는 모르겠어요.
그리고 집에 와보니… 제 로션을 3개정도 몰래 가져갔더라구요..
근데 기분이 나쁘지는 않아요. 저는 또 구할수 있으니까..
다만 그 친구가 걱정이 되기는 해요.
이런 기분이 처음이라.. 어떻게 share 해야 할지 몰라서 대표님께… 글을 남깁니다.
원래 이런 시행 착오도 격고 어떤일인지도 모르는 이 기분이 맞는 거겠죠?
사진 같이 보내드립니다.
LIKE and SHARE to encourage Lewis to continue to help others! #life4homeless