Starving

…visit the orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27).

Esther, the widow I visited today used to have a job at the local grocery store.  Her husband left her after infecting her with HIV and she has been raising her 7 year old boy alone. She had no food and no way to get to the clinic for her HIV pills. Her many neighbors are of little help. She cannot even stand because her feet are stricken with neuropathy and she is so weak. Without our help, it is likely she will die soon and her boy left an orphan.  She had nothing at all to eat or drink before we got there. I ran out and found at road side vendors some milk and bananas. Then, we got some rice and oral rehydration fluid.  I have never seen a body so wasted away. I think she was starving to death. Pray that she does not die, but instead is lifted up to live a glorious life.

What use is it my brethren if a man says he has faith but has no works, can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and need of daily food and one of you says to him “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled” and does not do what is necessary for the body, what use is it? Even so, faith if it has no works is dead being by itself. (James 1: 14 – 17)

It is hard to see such lonely suffering but I am grateful that I am able to be of help.  If you have joined me in this ministry, you too are visiting the orphans and widows in their distress. I have heard from their mouths “thank you” (or, “asante sana”) specifically to you at home.

See 50 of the children at the WEEP pre-school singing “Father Abraham” on my facebook wall. What a joy they are!

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