Dump Day

I read a blog by Trey Morgan, a preacher in Childress, Texas.

Trey periodically writes about mission work in Honduras. He has been several times, and has witnessed, firsthand, the poverty that he depicts in pictures and articles. What he has seen is Honduran people who live in a dump.

There are babies, toddlers, teens, young adults, the middle-aged, and the elderly who, because of life’s circumstances, have no choice but to live in shelters pieced together from cardboard boxes, plastic, and anything else they can be found at a dump. They pick through partially eaten and partially rotten food to find some nourishment. They fight with dogs and buzzards for the best scraps. They sort through mountains of trash for bottles and cans that they try to sell for a little bit of money–on a good day, maybe four to five dollars worth.

Last year, Trey decided to use his blog to try and raise money to help feed the dump people.  He was hoping for a couple thousand dollars, but people kept pledging and giving, and by the end of the day his readers raised over $11,000.  The dump people ate well at least once a week for the past year.

Tomorrow, Trey is raising money again.  I encourage you to visit his blog, http://www.treymorgan.net, check out his articles and pictures, see how the dump people are struggling and suffering, and give as you have prospered.

The following link is a documentary-in-the-making telling the story of the dump people and the missionaries who are trying to help.  This short version is about 20 minutes long (the video takes about 20 seconds to start after you hit play, so give it a little time).  A full version is supposed to be available to view on the internet in July.

*Warning: some scenes are a little graphic and very heart-wrenching.

Click to watch the documentary THE DUMP; short version from Andy Hubright.

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Getting Practical

Every day everyone faces mountains.  The landlord is threatening eviction again because you have to choose between food and rent.  A co-worker has a grudge against you, and has made it his or her personal responsibility to make your job miserable.  Another day, another speeding ticket.  Your wife is slowly dying of cancer.  Some mountains are bigger than others; some only seem bigger.

How do we handle these difficult, tragic, or just plain annoying situations?  Some people try to climb over them, making every effort to face and conquer them alone only to fall or find, if they reach the top, that they left everyone they know and love behind.  Some try to dig under them, and end up sinking lower and lower under the weight of depression and despair.  Some try to go around them, thinking avoidance and detachment are the best policies.  But, Jesus said that with enough faith we could move mountains.

Wouldn’t it be great to move mountains rather than letting them move you?  The Bible gives us principles that we can make practical in our lives; principles that turn mountains into stepping stones, and stepping stones into a path to comfort, peace, joy, and eternal life.  This is what Christianity is all about: Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

We don’t have to live in fear of what will happen next if we know how God wants us to use trials.  My purpose for this blog is to explore God’s will for our everyday lives.  I plan to write about many issues facing Christians todya, from apologetics to personal holiness.  I hope that it will benefit you as much as, I am sure, it will benefit me.