Today, near a laundromat in Koreatown, I met a homeless man named Tony. He was articulate and charming and I could see in his eyes that he was clear - not on drugs alcohol. Tony came here from England to sell a book he had written but unfortunately, the person he was dealing with took his book and all the money he had come over with. When I asked him why he was here in Koreatown and not on Skid Row, he said he tried going there but kept getting bullied and beat up so he was scared. I asked him if he knew Jesus and he said that he did, so I told him with Jesus we have no fear and to pray and cast away those bullies when he tries to go back to the area. We ended up chatting for almost 15 minutes and I could see that he was really enjoying just having someone acknowledge and speak to him with kindness.
Later that day, I met up with Sonja and Marina and shared about meeting Tony. Now that Sonja is off the street, she can take better care of herself, she seems happier and more relaxed in public. She blended in comfortably and no one looked at her twice, much different than things were just a week ago. As we chatted about Tony in our conversation, I wondered what she was thinking, if she looks at things differently now because she is no longer homeless?
K-town 노숙자 토니
이불빨래를하기위해 소문난 K-town 빨래방...옆건물 Jack in the box앞에서 구걸하는 노숙자 Tony.... 돈을 주며 그냥지나치려다 다시돌아가서 물었다.
What is your name? TONY ...잘생긴 얼굴에 훨칠한키... 그는 영국에서 작가의꿈을 앉고 할리우드에왔다가 모든인생을 빼앗긴것같다. 스키드로드는 흑인들이 마구때려요.....ㅠㅠㅠ
다시는 돌아갈수없는 고향영국을 이야기하며 그의눈에 눈시울이....
그는 마약이나 술에 취한것이 아니라 억울해서 .....너무억울해서 ......상처가너무커서 인생을포기한 토니.... 하지만 오늘은 마음껏 서로를 칭찬했고 잠시 나누는 그시간이 토니에게는 오랫만이었 던것같다....아무것도 할순없지만 웃어주고 들어주는시간.....그는 마음껏행복해보였다.
저번주 노숙자였던 쏘니아는 무슨생각을하고있을까...?