Webster’s dictionary defines poverty as lacking an acceptable amount of material possessions. We, the church, need to remember that lacking material possessions may or may not be an indication of poverty. This week we had the chance to see families with little, by our standards, living completely blessed lives. We also had the opportunity to see the results of physical and spiritual poverty.
Our team was able to show God’s love to our friends in Chincha by helping build a community center, enjoying a field trip to the beach with the youth, professional training for some local teachers (which they are already starting to implement), and encouraging families through home visits and prayer. We also had the opportunity to see the deeper darker side of spiritual poverty; broken relationships, girls denied the chance to attend school and the hopelessness of a father’s inability to protect his family from harm.
My heart broke in all these instances but especially for the father of a boy who was attacked in his own home. Here is a hard working man, trying to provide a better life for his family, who is now gripped by fear and can’t understand why this has happened. No one can. The best I can do is blame sin in the world and hold onto God’s promise of using all things for His glory.
Without going into detail I’ll just say that if this family had lived in a house instead of a thatched hut, this attack may not have happened. A friend said to me, ‘Kim, the same thing happens in Chandler.’ But at least in Chandler we have the ability to lock our windows and doors. We may choose not to but noetheless, we have that opportunity.
There is much work to be done in Chincha. Food for the Hungry is able to address some of the physical and phycho-social aspects of these problems with the funds generated through the child sponsorship program. But this is limited right now because we haven’t yet be able to get sponsors for all the children necessary to fully fund the project. Cornerstone will be promoting child sponsorship on Sunday June 27th & July 4th. Please pray for God’s direction as as you concider sponsoring a child for only $32 per month.
There are other ways to help as well. Tell family and friends what is happening or do some fund raising for the construction of a home. For about $5,600 a two room, 5 meters x 7 meters, house can be built using modern building techniques. This not only provides security for a family but also employs workers in the community. Of course the most important thing we can do is to pray. Pray for these families, their communities and the leaders that they would be able to recover from the devestation of the earthquake in 2007.
for His glory,