I am sure we don't all remember everything we say or even the advice we hand out to people and even less do we hear how that advice or what we have said made a person think about the direction of their life.
Well yesterday on the streets I was made to think about the words Yesenia spoke to Juli Voncannon. Juli and her husband David joined me and Jose (local volunteers) as we wandered around the city and met up with groups of street youth and adults.
When we found Yesenia she was so pleased to see us and the last time I saw her was about 3-4 years ago. Then she was a few stone heavier and living on the streets with her two girls. Actually I took a photo of both girls as I was deeply saddened that at such a young sage they were living on the streets. The photo of the girls was then put on a large board and placed in a business in Amersham. It is still there today next to Carol's in Hill Avenue!
The transformation of Yesenia's life from 3-4 years ago to yesterday was incredible and Juli asked her more about what had happened and I only caught the first part of the conversation as we were walking around the market area in order to find a shop that sold a book her youngest daughter needed for school.
Apparently the night I took the photo of her girls I had sat down and talked with her about life on the streets. I can say with all honesty I can't remember having said anything profound but what I had said made Yesenia think about her life. The following day she went to a church and began to laugh at the way the Christians were worshipping God and saying that Jesus was with them. Then she heard a voice speak to her and realised it was Jesus. She broke down and asked Jesus into her life and from that day her life was transformed.
Yesenia allowed a local organisation to take care of her older daughter whilst she tried to care for her younger daughter. She began begging at the traffic lights to earn money to rent a room rather than live on the streets and little by little she managed to gather enough to find a place for her and her younger daughter. Yesenia was fortunate enough to find work and continues working today. Her youngest daughter is in great health and studying at school.
When I asked Yesenia what had happened to her all she could say was 'Jesus'. Her life is so different after 17 years on the streets and I will try and get hold of the book her daughter needs for school next week and see how they are doing. The school book costs about £10 so if anyone fancies dropping £10 into Alexis Curson I will make sure it is used well.