We began to consider deportation as an option if the family was unwilling to pay the overstay and visa. We spoke to Franz, who was at a very low ebb. He had started self-harming, and he could not see a way forward.
Our volunteer team continued cleaning his room, changing his bed and filling his fridge daily with essentials.
Most days, we bought him a simple lunch from a nearby restaurant; sometimes, we took him to eat lunch, and he talked with us.
We were at an impasse and someone in our group suggested that we talk to the German Embassy. Franz was reluctant, saying they had not been very helpful the last time he tried after his stroke. They had simply signposted him to an expensive clinic in Bangkok.
Franz was not the easiest personality to get on with and was often anxious, angry, agitated or aggressive. The team recognised that we were dealing with a man at his lowest ebb. We always approached him with compassion.
We reminded ourselves of the Scriptures; particularly, Matthew 25:36-40:
I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’