Get Help Give Now

The Crossroads

“So what can you tell me?”

“What do you mean?”

“What can you tell me?” She asked again, sitting across the desk with a look of shock, bewilderment, and resignation on her face.

“I need a little more information.”

She looked at me a moment then told her story:

“Ok,” taking a breath, “I had a good job, a beautiful home, a wonderful family, and a great car. Within the last few months I lost my job, home, family and car, and I came to this shelter a few days ago – in shock. Today I decided this is too much, so I tried to kill myself. I stood on the railroad tracks in front of a train, but the train stopped two feet in front of me. I can’t even kill myself! I came back in the mission, and your staff brought me to you. So, what can you tell me?”

Silent prayer for Godly wisdom...

“Well, I don’t know why all of this happened to you, but I do know the Star of Hope Mission is a crossroads in life – a place where God meets people on their journey of life to get their attention for one reason or another and convince them to change course. Do you know God?”

She shook her head.

“Have you ever heard the Gospel?”

She shook her head again.

I shared the Gospel with her. She listened intently, her features difficult to read.

“Do you believe this to be true?” I asked.


“Have you ever received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Do you have a personal relationship with Him?”


“Would you like to?”

“Yes,” she responded, and gave her heart to Christ.

A few months later I received a letter from her in the mail. It read something like this:

"Mr. Black, I wanted to update you on my situation. As you know, I lost everything and came to the mission where I met Jesus Christ. Since I left the mission, I got my job back, my family back, a nice house and a better car in just a few short months. However, the one thing I have now that I did not have before is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! I am so glad for all that happened to me and for God’s grace in my life. Just as you said, the Star of Hope is a crossroads - where God encountered me! My life will never be the same."

Emergency Family Shelters Houston
Star of Hope Mission

Comments for The Crossroads

Name: Mely
Time: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thank you so much for this story, Mr. Black. It should remind all of us why we are here.

Leave a comment