An amazing story of an unlikely friendship brought the best result one could ever imagine. One young man decided to dig out the face book scammer who has asked him for a financial assistance and ended up in helping a huge community by “God’s Grace Pictures”!
Ben Taylor was immediately skeptical when he received this Facebook message from stranger saying
“ My Name is Joel from Liberia, West Africa. I need some assistance from you. Business or financial assistance that will help empower me”
Ben who is well aware about these types of scams had a strong dislike for them and wanted to get to know more about the scammer’s scheming in cheating people. So he responded to the man’s message asking how can he help him! Thats when their conversation developed with this poor Liberian man, who was really willing to help himself and help others in his community!
Initially Ben made a proposal to Joel, saying he would pay him to send pictures of the sunset in his country using his phone. Much to his surprise Joel sent back a few blurry pictures of their country’s sunset. Even though it wasn’t good at all , Ben was moved to see his honesty and willingness. He bought a new camera for Joel and send it to him with instructions on how to take better photos to help him in his given task.
This Godly man ,Joel was sincere and dedicated to his duty and send back Ben more photos of his village which reveals the poor conditions of his village. That’s when Ben decided to help Joel even more and turned all the photos into a album and sell copies with a nice quoting “ By God’s Grace”! The good God was gracious enough to use any mode to help save his people and through their photo book sales they have earned over $13,000 from buyers all over the country!
Ben was honest to his word and gave Joel half of the sales and the other half also he send to Joel asking to help his village. Joel, who gives more priority on God’s word were loyal to spend that money on the poor kids schooling needs and other charity work for the goodness of his people.
Their missionary work was shaping into a new level when Ben made a trip to all way to his friends village to visit him at Liberia.Liberia is one of the poorest country in the world and the majority of the people lives a day by just 2 dollar. The needs are too much and the resource is very meager in this poor country.And Ben was moved in compassion to see this poor people and the need of his supports was very much visible to Him.
For Ben it’s a matter of happiness that comes from helping the poor, and he is glad to revisit them for more of it , and for Joel it’s a wonderful journey from Zero to Hero!