We were walking our neighborhood, supplied with the food and charcoal that donors have sacrificed to provide when we happened along her. She was sitting on the ground crying and alone, outside of a home with many children playing in front of her. We approached her and as she saw us coming, she wiped away her tears and attempted to compose herself. She shared with us that all 6 children were hers, but that she was raising them alone. Before businesses closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, she worked as a laborer in a nearby factory. With each day's pay, she bought enough food for 1 meal for her entire family and paid rent. Without this work, they have been evicted. For days, they have been chased away from one rental home to the next. As she shared that they were told they could stay outside of her former home for shelter, she cried out that their lives will never be the same again.
No longer able to hide her pain, she confided that she would rather take poison and meet her Maker than watch her children starve in her presence. No words can accurately describe the pain in her eyes as she looked off at her 6 beautiful children.
Immediately, we gave her food for the week. Where hope was almost gone, you could see a flicker of light. We stayed and talked about Christ and how He is still the God of miracles (because that's exactly what she said this food was -- a miracle). Before we left to seek out more families to feed, we prayed together. You could sense a revived spirit and hopefulness within her. She knows her children will have food and that she's not alone.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest
to send out laborers into his harvest."
Please pray with us that we'll continue to be able to go out into the harvest.
Pray for this woman's family to flourish.
Pray that people will hear her story and be compelled to help their neighbors from across the sea.
Pray for our staff as we deliver the food being donated.
Viruses are contagious, but kindness is contagious, too!
Benjamin House staff, short-term missionaries, and our founders