A French tourist visiting New York City made headlines this week as she offered food to one whom she assumed to be a homeless man. “I gave my doggy bag to a homeless [man], and the homeless is Richard Gere,” Karin Gombeau told ABC News.
“He was going through a [garbage] bin, I had food with me,” she said. “I thought, ‘He should have my pizza instead of going through that bin.'”
Gombeau looked right into the eyes of the “homeless”” man and did not recognize him to be a famous Hollywood Star. He was dressed in tattered clothes and appeared quite dirty and disheveled.
No, Gere is not down on his luck and living on the streets of NYC. “It turns out,” reports ABC Entertainment News, “Gombeau had stumbled onto the set of Gere’s new movie, ”Time Out of Mind,’ in which Gere, 64, plays a homeless man.”
“He was dressed in a way, with a cap, not shaved,” she said of the actor’s unbecoming appearance. “He looked like a man going through a rough time.”
Gere never broke character. He took the leftovers from her, thanked her, and said, “God bless you.”
Gombeau had no idea whom she had “helped” until seeing her picture the next morning on the news. Yup, the whole thing was caught on camera.
Gombeau was delighted to learn the truth behind her act of charity. “For a first time in New York, I could not have wished for better.”
Who hasn’t come across someone who is down on their luck? In those moments, no one expects that the person in need might turn out to be an important celebrity, or that an act done in secret will be splashed across the news. Think again.
“And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?” The King will reply, “”Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me” (Mat. 25:39-40).
“”For nothing is hid, that shall not be made manifest; nor anything secret, that shall not be known and come to light” (Lk. 8:17).
“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto Jehovah, And his good deed will he pay him again (Pro. 19:17).
Every kindness, every act of compassion done in God’s name is received as if it is done for Him. So don’t be taken by surprise the next time you stumble onto God’s set with the opportunity to serve the King of kings!
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