How to make me cry

March 29, 2012

To make me cry all you need to do is tell me this true story. Every time I think about it my eyes well up with tears. Every time.

No More Deaths has one clear goal: prevent death. They provide water, food and medical attention to undocumented immigrants crossing the dangerous borderlands. One summer volunteers headed out into the desert in search of those who might need help. Little did they know when they laid their heads on their pillows at the end of the day, their lives would never be the same.

The band of humanitarian workers set out early in the morning before the brutal sun began searing through their skin. They carefully scanned the trails in search of travelers they could bring relief to.

Occasionally they shouted, “Agua! Comida! Medicina!” Their yells told those wandering in the desert they were there to help, not to capture or harm them. As the cooler morning temperatures drastically soared into the fatally hot midday their cries of “Water! Food! Medicine” continued. They had been walking for hours with no sight of any migrants.

Then they saw life. A group of immigrants were scurrying on the crooked trail towards them. The volunteers began wondering what they might need. Maybe water to pour into dry, dusty mouths. Maybe a snack to nourish tired bodies. Maybe medical attention to bandage bloody, blistered feet. They never expected what happened next.

Although the group of immigrants had nearly no food or water, they began offering it to the volunteers. After hearing “Agua! Comida! Medicina!” the migrants assumed someone in the group needed help. They did not imagine those things would be offered to them.

This is when I start crying.

Here were a few good people, willing to risk being caught and sent back across the border in order to help someone they didn’t even know. These sojourners risked sacrificing their last drops of water and bits of food to save someone else’s life. This selfless act might have resulted in a death sentence because without these two essentials in the desert you’re doomed.

Strong love, a love which prompted giving a stranger everything, was given that day. This story makes me want to love people better.

– No greater love has a man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 –


4 Responses to “How to make me cry”

  1. Nadine Melania Says:

    Very humbling to hear when the poor care for us, the rich. This life gives us so many opportunities to humble ourselves and serve others. Lord, forgive me, a sinner.

  2. Kelly Regan Says:

    All choked up. Truly it is more blessed to give than receive.

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