I went out to lunch to Perkins after church, with Alemio who was from Mexico. He was a student at North Central Bible College studying psychology. I met him at the Grace church College group.
Alemio walked in. He was not hard to spot with that slightly dark skin and the black hair. Alemio spotted me right away because of my blue suit and red tie.
"Hey Ken how are you doing? "Alemio said.
"Just fine," Ken said.
The hostess seated us a both and a few minutes later we ordered.
After the waitress left I asked him. "Why did you come to Minnesota to study psychology?"
"Mexico is a very poor country and the colleges are not very good. I came to North Central because there are no bible colleges In Mexico. That is one advantage about the USA there are a lot of Christian colleges to choose from," Alemio said.
"Why psychology?" I inquired.
"I came from Ciudad, a small town along the Gulf of California. People are so poor that that it causes a lot of stress and the divorce rate is high. There are many people who have drinking problems. I just want to help my people. I want to help them with there problems and bring them the love of Jesus"
The waitress brought our lunches and, as I started on my salad, I asked him. "How are you paying for school?"
"That is one reason I picked North Central. They have a work study program. You work part of the day and go to class part of the day. That helps me to pay for school," Alemio noted.
"How did you find out about the college group?" I asked.
I met Kip our college pastor at an early morning Bible study. He invited me to check out Grace Church and the college group," Alemio said.
We got the check and I decided to pay for his lunch.
We got up and walked out to our cars.
"It was great doing lunch with you and getting to know you," Ken said.
"Likewise," Alemio said, as we both shook hands and got into our cars.
It was an interesting time that we had together, a day I will never forget.
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