Matthew 25: 35-36; 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
It seems a good time to recall those which we are commanded to do to be found on the righteous right side of God and one of such is to visit the sick and feed the hungry. Two boxes a Cafe owner in Cary, Illinois has been checking off for some time ever since he found out the story of one of his customers. Juan Carlos Beristain, owner of JC’s Cafe, noticed an elderly woman was always coming in to buy the same meal, a bowl of vegan soup, and taking it out. After a while he found it was for her son; Noah Dionesotes was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis several years ago, according to a GoFundMe campaign raising money for his treatment, and he has also been undergoing chemotherapy for a year. Dionesotes messaged Beristain on Facebook, telling him how much he enjoyed his vegan soup and how he needed the nutrition to aid with his healthcare, Beristain said.
That was when Beristain decided he was going to save the mother some trouble, he knew she went out of her way to come to his cafe, and that she couldn’t do it all the time. “I just knew that his mom was doing a big sacrifice to go and try and get the soup to her son,” he said. Beristain asked for Dionesotes’ address and found that he lived less than 15 minutes away from the restaurant. During his first surprise delivery, Dionesotes was “shocked,” Beristain said. Beristain spent some time getting to know Dionesotes, his wife and their two young children and made the decision to keep coming back. “I told him that I would take care of him,” Beristain said. “He’s really trying to collect some money to get a procedure that could save his life. So, I told him to stop wasting money on soup.”
That is how JC has ended up making, sometimes, up to 4 trips a week to bring free soup to his new friend. “It’s the right thing to do for another human being,” he said. Truer words were never spoken. Find more about Beristain and Dionesotes in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from ABC News.