Folks, meet John & Debra Mendow, from Covington, LA. We met them on Bus #3, OC&W Coach Lines, YMT Great Pacific Northwest Tour.
John was a really friendly sort and, sitting in the front row of the bus every day, I used to sing something like "Big Bad John" when he got on, and we got to be good friends.
Secret handshakes, fist bumps, elbow bumps and the like, followed.
The above picture was taken the day we stopped at the Old Faithful Geyser Visitor Center. We'd eaten lunch there, and had moved outside and sat on one of the wooden settees .. the one to the far left, in fact. We still had about a half hour or more before the bus left, so we were just enjoying the atmosphere.
Then John and Debra sat down and we chatted. They're Catholic folks, and we were wearing our usual Witness Wear, and they picked up on it. And then John asked us a favor:
Could we pray for their grandson, Max Mendow? He's an infant, his esophagus wasn't connected to his stomach when he was born, he's in the Children's Hospital in Boston, and he's aspirating all sorts of stuff into his lungs. He's also facing some serious surgery.
We said we certainly would (and we did & have), but then it struck me: here I sit with a cell phone. So I said to John "hang on a second".
I dialed FBC Pelham's old telephone number .. I can never remember the new one .. and Pat answered the phone. Pat is the pastor's ministry assistant, and I told her where we were sitting, and told her our friends had just asked us to pray for the infant Max. I gave her the details, and she said she was about to prepare the Prayer Email she sends out every day, and there'd be about a hundred "prayer warriors" reading about John & Debra's grandson, that very afternoon.
They seemed blown away. And, the next day, late, John stopped Peg and said "the surgery went terrific!!"
I suspect that we've got some lifetime friends in Louisiana, now. John referred to himself as "our folks in LA" later on the trip, and I couldn't be happier. And all I did was make a simple cell-phone call.
Didn't seem like a big deal, at the time, and it really wasn't much to do. But I suspect John & Debra would disagree. And so, one day, methinks, will Max.
So. Next time opportunity arises, DO SOMETHING! The key isn't how MUCH you can do, but how much GOD can do.
And that's quite a bit. Just ask the Mendows.