By Edward Adams, First Heart’s Home American Volunteer
In 2005, Edward became the first American to join Heart’s Home as a full time missionary. At the end of his 15-month mission in Honduras he wrote to his sponsors:
“One Saturday as we were leaving for lunch at a friends’ house Oscar was out the front of our house throwing up blood and in real agony. Oscar is an alcoholic who I have been spending a lot of time with trying to keep him sober. He apparently relapsed that morning and was now in obvious danger because he has cirrhosis of the liver. This really upset me because he is a good guy he just cannot stop drinking even though he knows it is killing him.
We picked him up. He was literally dying in my arms. Someone went to get a taxi while another guy and I carried him. As he was sitting there continuing to throw up large amounts of blood and in agony I was rubbing his back telling him to pray, pray, pray. After he left in the taxi with his sister and brother I gave his mom a hug and she started to cry hysterically. I tried to comfort her the best I could. I told her to pray and have confidence in God. We went back to her house and prayed with her and her family. His nephew was also crying with everyone else in the house. We did our best to comfort them. I was there exactly for that reason. I am thankful to the Lord for allowing me to enter into this suffering, agony and poverty with the family. I felt like we were the presence of Christ for him and his family.
A few days later I went to see how his mother was doing. She told me that the doctors were able to save his life. The doctors said he would have died if not brought in when he was. She was so excited and thanked me for saving her son’s life. She also said that Oscar for the first time has now said he wants to never drink again. He was crying saying that we were the only friends he has.
The past 15 months have truly changed my life: I have met with Christ face to face in the poor and suffering; and I have all of you to thank for your unwavering support. I am glad we were able to live this mission together.”