A pregnant waitress from Georgia Waffle House experienced a life turning moment after an encounter with a pastor at the restaurant.
Bishop Eusebio Phelps, pastor at New Faith Christian Church, visited the Stockbridge restaurant on Oct. 1 and ordered a meal there.
He says when he got to the Waffle House to pick up his food, God said to give the waitress all the money he had in his wallet, according to the church’s Facebook page. “She was so nice over the telephone, and when I got there I paid for my food and I told her to keep the change,” Phelps said.
The pastor noticed the waitress, Hannah Hill was pregnant, “And so I gave her the $40 and I told her that I just wanted to be able to bless her so she could buy something for the baby,” he added. They got talking and Hill said she was expecting a boy and his name was Samuel – the same name as Phelps’ son who passed away seven years ago.
Phelps immediately decided to start a fundraiser for her and her family. “I told my wife what happened…I was like, ‘Listen I wanna raise a thousand dollars to give to Hannah so she can buy whatever she needs for the baby’,” the pastor said. After he shared the story on Facebook, the donations kept coming in and the total amount raised reached $12,000.
Phelps took the money and gave it to Hill and even held a surprise baby shower for her. Hill said she wasn’t much into prayer before meeting Phelps, but that’s all changed now. “I don’t really pray that often. I’m not necessarily that religious. But lately, I have been praying,” she said.
“I’ve been really stressing lately… I’ve been worried about the baby getting here… I’m so grateful and that’s all I can say. I’m so grateful and appreciative to everybody, God is good all the time.”
Phelps spoke of the importance of being good and showing grace to others around us, “You gotta show the love of God to people you come into contact with, and it was her kindness – she was so kind and so pleasant. She’s just a real sweetheart,” he said. “And that touched my heart. And I feel like the Lord has really allowed our paths to cross.”