A homeless man in Minneapolis wandered into a local restaurant in search of a handout and walked out with a job instead. Cesia Abigail Baires, the 25-year-old owner of the El Salvadorean restaurant Abi’s Cafe, was in need of help for her struggling business when Marcus, a man living on the streets, came inside looking for money. She said she works for her money and offered him a job washing dishes as well as a hot meal. After posting on Facebook the story went viral, and the miracles haven’t stopped happening. Read the whole story here.
We caught up with an exhausted but joyfilled Abi who told us what the experience has done for her faith:
To have people tell me, “You helped me believe there’s hope for humanity,” (I wonder) was the world really that bad? To me it’s something simple because anyone can do it. I told God, “Thank You. Thank You for using me to teach others how we can have a better world… But I’m glad God used me so that we can remind everyone else that we can take care of one another. How do you expect to live in a better world if we’re not taking care of one another? It starts with one person. Now I know there’s plenty of people doing the same thing and that makes me feel good. My faith is up to the sky right now.
Abi also started a crowdfunding page to help Marcus find a place to live and she gave us the good news first:
Marcus is now living in his own place. And yesterday he was only going to work a couple of hours but we were so busy he said, “I’ll stay with you. I’m not going to leave you with all these people.” So he worked 9 hours yesterday. We were all walking like we were turtles, really slow, and laughing about how tired we were. He said, “I don’t think I’ve ever felt this tired before. I can picture going home and laying down in my bed.” It felt good to hear that he was not going to be on the street. For him to be like I can’t wait to go home and go to my bed made me smile. That made everything worth is–even me being so tired.