Bishop Jones’ wife, Mary Lou Reese, first heard that Yuri Carraleo needed a kidney transplant at a Methodist Hospital event. She immediately added him to her prayer list. A short time later, they became Facebook friends as well. “When he posted, ‘I’m getting a kidney from Andrea on December 18th,’ I was so happy,” said Reese. “Then I thought, he needs to come stay with us.”
Reese extended the invitation to the Carraleo family and they accepted. The family spent Christmas and New Years at the Jones’ home, filling their days together with prayer, laughter, and a lot of good Cuban food.
Reese considers the time the Carraleo family spent in the Jones’ home a confirmation of her spiritual gift of hospitality. “Truthfully when I was preparing for them, I realized I could not wipe the smile off my face. I realized this gift of hospitality that he gave me really is a is gift from God,” said Reese.