I heard this story last week and I want to share it with you. It’s about an old man named Nok and some of our staff at Partners. It’s about being Jesus for one person. It’s about showing one person that he is loved. It’s about giving somebody their dignity back. It’s about some people I consider the biggest heroes of all!
Here is the story in words and pictures:
This is Nok’s house. He is a Shan man from Burma. A migrant worker.
Four years ago, Nok was working. He fell down from a roof, had a stroke and was never able to walk after that.
He has been on the floor of his hut for four years.
Our staff at Partners heard about this and decided to go and help him. They decided they wanted to do what Jesus would have done for this man. So they went to the market and bought the things they thought he would need. Then they drove all the way to Nok’s village.
This is Nok. He had not had a bath for four years. He had not changed his clothes nor cut his hair. He used a bottle to pee in, and whenever he was out of food he would yell until some neighbors came and threw him something to eat. The water he had been drinking was filthy. He laid on several mats that were soiled and stinky. The smell in his hut was so bad that even with masks on it was hard for our staff to breathe.
They cut his hair.
They cut his nails.
They gave him a medical checkup
They gave him new and clean clothes.
They fed him. They made sure he will get clean water delivered every day.
Then they talked to the village headman who said that the neighbors had watched our staff care for this man, and said that since they (our staff) could help him this way, they should do it too. They came up with a plan for how to take turns caring for him. They ordered a new, but simple house to be built for him.
While caring for Nok, our staff saw tears in his eyes. After four lonely years somebody actually cared enough to show him that he was still a person with great worth, and that he was loved.
May this wonderful example of love showed in a very practical way be a challenge for all of us today. Please share this story. It is worth sharing.