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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Herchel's Passing

Sadly, Operation Nightwatch lost a true friend with the death this week of Herchel Whetsel.
He came for help about 1995, and never gave up despite loads of physical challenges.
He was a worker, putting in 8 hours a day as a volunteer, passing out numbers so homeless guys wouldn't have to stand in line; sweeping and mopping the floors, cleaning up the neighborhood.
We got him off the street for good, and he moved into our apartment building in 1999.
He never lost his sense of humor, even when the genetic disease made life difficult. "Need anything?" we would ask when heading out the door. "Million dollars," came Herchel's response.
At the end, he was comfortable, sleeping soundly, not moving at all. He is at peace, and we will all miss him.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Parstor Rick,

I am so touched by the stories you shared for homeless people.

I always have struggle of helping the homeless people asking for money at road cross.

Jesus said (Mathew 25:31-46): 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Do you have any recommendation of how to help the people on the street besides from operation nightwatch?

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a mixed feeling of sad and happiness of Herchel. He had an agreement with God. We all have agreement with God, however, he is actually working on it. But us, I just always push it for tomorrow.

I am so happy for Herchel, for he is now in God's presence and no longer suffering. I am so sad for this world missing a great living testimony of God.

I pray for more and more people like Herchel. Praise the Lord.

10:12 PM  

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