On a bright Monday morning, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school found he had very little money left and he was very hungry.
He decided to ask for a meal at a nearby Restaurant. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman walked straight to him.
“What can I do for you dear. You Must have had a tough time selling all those” she said.
Instead of a meal he asked for a sachet of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a nice plate of rice with two delicious looking meat placed on top.
He ate it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.”
He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”
As Peter Okeke left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
Year’s later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Peter Okeke was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.
After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Peter requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.
She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words:
“Paid in full with a plate of rice and two delicious meat.
Signed, Dr. Peter Okeke.”
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