Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father...
— James 1:27 (The Message)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vanessa and Ralph

Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
Vanessa and Ralph at Greyhound
I met these two last Friday on my bus from San Antonio to San Marcos. They paid the fare in cash and asked about continuing on to Austin. Unfortunately, they wanted to stay in San Marcos overnight and we don't run buses on the weekends.

However, on my way to Austin to be with my dad for his birthday last Saturday, I saw them. They were walking north along the interstate, and I passed them at about 70 miles per hour. God instructed me to go back and pick them up, so I did. It was my first time to pick up hitchhikers; however, I had already met them and, with the prompting from God, I knew I'd be safe.

We were all hungry so we drove through at Dairy Queen and munched on burgers and fries all the way to Austin. Along the way, I learned that Ralph has experience in the meat packing industry and was trying to get back to Tupelo, Mississippi where he could get some work. He and Vanessa are already Christians.

As we got into Austin, God inspired me to buy them bus tickets to as near Tupelo as I could afford, so I drove them to a Greyhound station. They had to wait until Tuesday evening but they should have boarded a bus bound for Mississippi. I have no real way of finding out for sure how they're doing except to pray for them and trust God for their best.