Mark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And [Jesus] called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Tears spring to my eyes as I read the words of the passage above, because I have witnessed this behavior in a young Indian man. Twenty-seven-year-old Victor Suman, who lives in the district of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, India, has performed a magnificent act in honor of certain deceased people, one of whom is my son Aaron (aaroncollins.org).
This morning Victor and his parents gave fruit to crippled and diseased citizens of their hometown. One of these people lives without hands (Victor also gave him money for breakfast); some have leprosy; all are destitute and live on the streets begging for their daily meals. Victor, a preacher and Bible school teacher, makes very little himself. He saved for months to be able to provide this food. In fact, the fruit cost him an entire month’s salary.
Imagine giving everything you make for the entire month of December to buy food for those less fortunate than you. That, my friends, takes a lot of love and generosity.
I honor Victor for his good heart, for his concern for his fellow man, and for his love and appreciation for Aaron and me. Victor considers me his mother and Aaron his brother. Indeed we are. If only all of us could view those with whom we come in contact as our mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters.
Mark 3:34 And [Jesus] looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
I pray the Lord will return to Victor a hundredfold for what he has done to help those about him and to honor the loss of my son Aaron and others. And I hope that the rest of us will learn from Victor’s loving example. The world would be a much better place if we had more men like Victor Suman.
Tina Rae Collins