HANGING OUT WITH A HOMELESS MAN

I picked him up the other day on a hot sunny afternoon on the outskirts of Childress. I don’t know how long he’d been standing on the side of the road looking for a ride out of town, but I offered him something to drink and he took me up on my offer. He looked to be in his sixties and was obviously homeless.


I stuck out my hand when he got in my pickup and said, “Hi, I’m Trey. Where you headed?”

He told me his name was Dan and that he was headed towards Amarillo. I smiled and told him he was standing on the wrong road if he was trying to get to Amarillo.

“No wonder, I haven’t got a ride all morning,” he said. “Can you get me where I need to be?”

We drove to McDonald’s where I asked if he’d like to go in and eat where we could sit in the air conditioning. He said the drive up was fine because he was burning daylight and really needed a ride. I told him to order anything he wanted, he chose 3 hamburgers and a Dr. Pepper.

As we pulled out of the drive-thru he pointed and asked if he could stop at a dumpster. It may have been the confused look on my face, but he immediately said, “I need some cardboard to make a sign that says ‘Amarillo’ on it. I always do better getting rides if I have a sign.”

When we looked in the dumpster nothing was within reach. He actually started trying to climb his 60 year old body over the side of the dumpster, when I told him to hold on, I’d go. So I jumped in and dug around until I found an old box that had McDonald’s stamped on the side of it. I smiled and thought to myself how odd this must look to people driving by … me inside a trash dumpster while a homeless man stood by and watched.

We found the cardboard and then drove to the edge of town where he could get a ride on the right road. Traffic buzzed by as we sat on the back of my tailgate and made his “Amarillo” sign. After a few minutes of visiting, I apologized that I couldn’t take him to Amarillo myself. I then gave him my phone number with instructions to call me if he didn’t get a ride.

“We’ll get you a place to stay tonight if we need too,” I told him.

As I watched him finish off his burger, I couldn’t help but wonder who he was, where he was from, and how he ended up where he was. No one ever sets out in life to be homeless. As I watched him unload all his backpack from my pickup, I privately thanked God for reminding me today how blessed I am. I have a home, a family and food. I also thanked God for putting Dan in my life today. I had felt blessed to get to hang out with him for an hour.

He shook my hand and thanked me just before I drove off. “Call me if you don’t get a ride,” was the last thing I told him.

About an hour later I drove back by to check on Dan. He was gone. I’m glad he got a ride, and I’m glad I made a new friend.

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  1. Searching says:

    Way to go Trey! I feel pretty confident in saying I bet Jesus would have gotten into that dumpster for him too.

  2. Tim Archer says:

    Beautiful. I didn’t know preachers did that sort of thing. :-)

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  3. NB says:

    Although he will probably never call you, on those hard days in his life, he will remember your kindness of helping him and giving out your number – and it may just be the thing that gets him through the rough spots.

    I love your statement “No one ever sets out in life to be homeless.” I wish more people would realize that.

  4. Bobby Ross says:

    What a post! Love it.

  5. That Girl says:

    Thanks for doing that! He was somebody’s little boy a long time ago and I’m sure they appreciate you helping their little boy!

  6. MamaBotos says:

    Trey, you are such an awesome person! I am so thankful to know u. I always want to pick those folks up and of course I get told NO for the danger side, but I don’t see it as any danger… I would too like to know who they are where they are going… I never meet a stranger!” Thank you trey for being such an inspiration to me.

    luv Casey

  7. Donna G says:

    Amazing how we start out helping someone and we are the one who gets blessed…thank you for sharing your blessing.

  8. Jason Browning says:

    Great Stuff Trey!

  9. Warren Baldwin says:

    Good job. You know, sometimes the thought hits me, with the economy going in the direction it is, any of us could be that man someday.

  10. Jeff Slater says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing this.

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    Isn’t it amazing how we try to bless others, only to find ourselves as the ones being blessed. :)

  12. Jeanne M. says:

    What does the scripture say, “It is more blessed to give than to receive?” God knows when we open our hearts and lives to others, He fills us with blessings we never knew existed. Your openness to Dan was so sweet and unselfish. God blessed you.

  13. Deb ;) says:

    This, my friend, is why we are so blessed to have you in Childress!

  14. Doug Young says:

    Greatness!

  15. Stoogelover says:

    If I were homeless, I would hope a “Trey” would come by. I’ve done the same when I was in ministry … don’t have much opportunity these days, but I always try to give something to the people requesting help on the streets.

  16. Janice says:

    Russell, our preacher, has been telling us that “we need to get Jesus out of the book and into our hearts.”
    What you did is what it looks like to be like Jesus. I hope you felt the smiles coming from heaven. You are an inspiration to all of us.
    Now, just a side note. If I knew you personally (and because I love to tease) this is what I would say to you. “Oh Trey, you go to great lengths to get a story.” :-)

  17. cwinwc says:

    I love it when you’re trying to help someone in the name of Jesus and it turns out like your experience.
    I’ve had the same guy the last 2 days ask for money and he was anything but friendly.

  18. michelle_mama says:

    I really enjoyed reading about this, Trey. I haven’t had a chance to really get to know you since I joined the family about 7 years ago, but reading your posts and feeling your heart in your words is allowing me to know the real “uncle” that you are to the others in the family. Thank you!

    Michelle Love

  19. Maria says:

    A man after God’s own heart! That is our Trey! Keep teaching us what it is like to be Jesus to others my precious brother! =)

  20. TREY MORGAN says:

    Maria … thanks for your kind words. I want to be a man after God’s own heart. It’s what I desire, but it’s a daily work in progress. Somedays I succeed and other days I fail miserably. :)

  21. TREY MORGAN says:

    Janice … you’re preacher is a smart man. :)

  22. Anonymous says:

    You may have just helped an “angel unaware”, read the scripture. Proud of you for not being afraid of getting dirty. Dumpsters smell.
    Love, gmj

  23. Katherine says:

    What an incredible story-you are really an inspiration, Trey!! Thanks for being the hands and feet of Jesus, and for being a great example to us all. Even in the dumpster, you are the sweet aroma of Christ :)

  24. Terri L Tindall says:

    Trey, After reading that, I feel like I have been to the dump two days in a row. Thanks for being the hands and feet of Jesus in Childress, TX

    Terri

  25. Maria says:

    Trey: so did David, but nonetheless he was God’s pride and joy! =)

  26. orlund says:

    I like what you said “No one ever sets out in life to be homeless.” I think if we thought that way all the time it we would help more and find better ways of helping people.

  27. Patrick Mead says:

    Megacool, Trey. You may have helped an angel placed there by God to provide an opportunity for grace.

  28. preacherman says:

    It is my next goal to see the soloist.

    I have spend some time ministering with the homeless in Lubbock. It was a true blessing.

    I stongly believe that believers need to pray for the homeless and do what they can dc to make a kingdom difference.

    I remember a meeting my first homeless man on the streets in Santa Fe, NM. He was holding a sign that said, “Why Lie? I Need Beer!
    It amazed me at the amount of money that this man received because of his honesty. I remember some college guys went over and laughed at as they passed and the man shouted out, “IT’S TRUE!!!”

  29. westcoastwitness.com says:

    Good stuff :)

  30. G Tripp says:

    Great example of Christian love, I’m glad you told us about Dan.

  31. Paula Harrington says:

    Not only is Childress blessed to have the Morgan family but the family of God is blessed to have you, too.

    Thank you for stopping, helping, and teaching.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Trey– While we have never met face to face, I feel like I know you. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your heart!

    By the way, I have a college age son who is a lot like you. He too has “hung out with the homeless” in Nashville, and has always been the one more blessed. When I grow up I want to be just like the two of you! :-)

    Sherry Hubright

  33. karin says:

    What you have done to the least of these, you have done to Jesus! Thanks so much for sharing this story! What a blessing you are!

  34. Matt says:

    Thank you Trey for loving Jesus, showing Jesus and being Jesus!

    God Bless you Trey!

    In Him,

    -Matt Baggett

  35. KJ's Blog Spot says:

    I read this & prayed I too would have the peace to help someone that might need my help. Not long after, I saw a person (cause I'm not sure if this person was male or female) stranded on I-27. I stopped, shaking a bit, praying nothing bad would happen to us, & asked if help was needed. "Yes! Oh, thank you. Thank you! So many people have drove right by. I have a flat, my slate is flat, & I broke my jack." the person told me. My pickup jack wouldn't work on the tiny car, so I called Randall county & they sent out a sheriff to help. I really didn't do anything except stop, ask a question, & make a phone call. But to this person, I had just saved the day. I left feeling amazing in search of another person to help! Thank you for the reminder to do the little things.

  36. Laurie says:

    I have a homeless son – his name is Trey – and love hearing about people who are kind to the homeless. My son lives on the west coast and I live on the east coast. He is a sweet, caring man and appreciates anything anyone does for him!

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