Impact on the Road

I run a company that disposes of industrial hazardous waste. Because we have customers throughout the country, I do a lot of traveling for work. For the past couple of years, I have sought how I can leverage my business platform for God’s Kingdom and specifically through my travels… I have felt led in two ways. When checking out of my stay in a hotel, I leave a New Testament/Psalms Bible with a $5-$10 tip for the housekeeper. I usually highlight a verse such as John 3:16. Because many of the housekeepers are Hispanic, I make sure to have Gideon bibles in Spanish. In addition to the bibles, I purchase many gift cards and have them in my vehicle. As I feel led, I share a gift card and a bible with someone on the street or along my travels. The response has been incredible when people receive the bible and gift card in the name of Christ.

On one particular trip as I was returning home from Memphis on some back roads, I came upon a dumpster and noticed two small heads poking around in the trash bin. The Holy Spirit led me to turn my new truck around and give them everything in my wallet. Upon pulling up to these two people, I honked my horn and said, “I am a Christian, and the Holy Spirit told me to give you everything in my wallet”. The husband responded, “My wife’s mother is in the hospital, and we are looking for something to sell to help us with gas money”. I left them and resumed my trip home. Unbeknownst to me, I was low on gas—my new truck did not have a “low gas” indicator. You guessed it, I ran out of gas on a dark road in rural Alabama. I had no cell phone signal, no gas, and nobody in sight. It was late-winter, so I knew that it was going to be cold soon. I said a prayer, “Lord, I was obedient, now what. Send me an angel”. Earlier that day, I had picked up the hotel-provided USA Today newspaper, so I began reading it. Before too long, I looked in my rearview mirror to see a red pick-up truck pull up. The man got out and said that the Holy Spirit sent him with five gallons of gas. My prayer was answered. He was my angel. It was a perfect ending to an incredible experience. By the way, I made it home on those five gallons of gas. (Lee Pinson)