From the time we first held cellular phones up to this day wherein it is considered a necessity, we all have experienced receiving spam messages. So often so that we just tend to ignore them all at once. Instead of responding, we just got used to them and just ignore them. People nowadays do not let others cheat on them. Well, we all don’t. Ben Taylor sure was one of those people. We get paid for what we worked for, so why will we allow people to ruin what we earned.
So when Ben received one random message from a completely strange person, and that he was fed up after receiving various spam messages, he was up for teaching the sender a lesson. He did not even once think that that connection will turn into a deep friendship. The story just started when Liberian Joel Willie sent a dozen of Facebook messages to random strange people from all over the world.
“My name is Joel from Liberia, West Africa. I need some assistance from you. Business or financial assistance that will help empower me.”
Long weeks and months have passed and his message went unanswered. Well, who would reply to someone they did not even know or heard of? Ben, who has received one of those random sent messages knew exactly what he wanted to do with the supposed “scammer”. A marketing manager he is, Ben said that he owns a photography company. To make everything sync together, he then asked Joel to send him photos of his neighborhood. Apparently, all he wanted was to know what kind of community did he exactly lived in. Ben felt the triumph was in her as he sent the request asking for photos of the “scammer’s neighborhood”. Little did he know that Joel would do exactly so! Of course, there are situations in life wherein we just conform to the requests of other people to have that home wherein we can be of any help to our own family. Joel was a father of seven, and they and almost the whole of the community they were in were in dire poverty. Ben received photos from Joel’s neighborhood and the supposed “teaching-him-a-lesson” kind of thinking became “I-need-to-help-him”.
“I set out to embarrass a guy. I ended up helping a guy. I would much rather continue to help people.”
His photos were collected by Ben and soon released in booklets which sold more than five thousand copies.
This story sure was heart-melting for it is not every single day we see a man of poverty wants to help other people.
“I used to receive, I’m the one who’s giving now. It is better to give than to always receive. I had hoped that one day, I would come from nobody to somebody. I could come from zero to hero.” -Joel Willie