Monday, November 17, 2008
A Sobering, Humbling and Challenging Look at Poverty
On the way to Bangkok, I made a stop in Manila to see one of the sites of a Food for the Hungry project.
The picture is of the water underneath the stilted homes of at least 15,000 people in just one of the barangays of Manila. Look at the two white pipes in the upper half of the picture. Notice how they disappear at the water line of the water.
The homes in which people live are about the size of a small American living room and have an average of 6 people living in them. I asked one pastor how many people lived in a one mile radius. "50-60,000." he said. Imagine people living in squalor that no respectable rat would dwell in. Come to think of it, I didn't see one rat.
But these aren't rats, they are men and women, boys and girls, infants and toddlers made in the image and likeness of God. Among them are myriads of people for whom Christ died. Our brothers and sisters in Christ living in desperate need.
Tomorrow I'll share some of the pictures of the children on the barangay and the heroes who are making a difference there.