Burden sharing and bearing…

Today was a very sad day as I learned that one of the Dorcus women had died.  Now I would love to say she was well with the Lord, but the truth is the voodoo priest came to her house often and before her death I heard he had been putting these special herbs on her body.  This little lady was about 70 years old.  I thought this little lady was serving the Lord.  I had visited her several times.  I had sat in her front yard and held one of her grandkids.  I was surprised  to hear about this voodoo thing.  This is the trouble with so many who have converted.  They are sincere in the beginning but when things get rough they step backwards into voodoo.  I am not judging this little lady, I just pray her heart was right. I just wished the last person she saw was someone from the church and not the voodoo priest.  I remind myself, “it is our mission to tell them about Jesus but it is up to the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and restoration”.
Handson came by today and was sharing about so many people being hungry. Many teenagers have been sent back home from school because the parents didn’t have money to send for the second semester.  Today I had a little boy with torn blue jeans come upstairs so hungry.  I had never seen him before but I knew this little fellow had not eaten for a while.  Another family that lives close to the church has had little food to eat.  They have a market business but just not enough money.  It is not for the fact that they aren’t working, it is the fact that the rice and supplies have gone up.
We need more monthly support for our nutritional program.  We feed 156 children a day and we are having trouble buying food with a food budget we can not meet. You know you plan for a certain amount but then when  the prices go up you find it is not enough.  Presendieu came today talking about his situation.  There are six in the family and he is the only one feeding them.  Handson had many people come to him this month not knowing what to do.  These are not lazy people, these are people who are working in their gardens, working in a little market–yet they are struggling to make it.
My heart breaks with each story and my body heaves with each needy face that calls to me.  I write so that you will bear the burden with me for bringing hope to these folks when there is no money left for bread. You may not be able to give but you can pray.  Prayer changes things!

13-15Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out. James 5:13-15 The Message

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  1. carole spaeth

    Oh, Diana,
    My heart aches with yours. I can feel your pain as you relate the story about the little lady who died, and the hunger that is so rampant there. It’s true that the prices are going up for everyone, but we in America have so much more, and there’s not desperation in our “pinch”. We may have to cut back… but usually we don’t have to do without. In the class I’m teaching today (refugees from many different countries) we were talking about why a common observation by these people is that so many Americans are large. One man commented that “Americans have too much. There is not much that they truly need!” I felt a tinge of guilt to hear him say that, and then come home to a healthy lunch.

    Prayers are our link to the One who can bring relief to those who are hungry – physically and spiritually. And you have that, dear friend.

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