this morning was trash day... now let me back up a little... friday was also trash day and my brother and i both forgot to bring the trash can back up the driveway and it poured raining (we had a good foot in the bottom of the trash can) and it WREAKED and had a little trash remnants left in the bottom so billy dumped it into our street drain and then this morning when i went to take the trash down again i remembered that there were the remnants so i went to pick them up... oh how disgusting i thought as i smelled this nasty rubbish. i quickly finished the task, came in washed my hands with antibacterial soap and hot water and even lysoled the trash can before putting in a new liner. then it hit me... like a DUMP TRUCK!
my heart has been pulled towards the people of Korah (which means cursed in Amharic) on the outskirts of Addis Ababa Ethiopia... 100,000 of those affected by aids and leprosy along with widows and orphans... the outcasts of all outcasts live in the area in and around the landfill. it is where they work, live, eat, sleep, have and raise babies, socialize, and all other aspects of life as they know it! they dont have clean water. they dont have much food (they dig through the trash for food puts our whats for dinner into perspective). they collect different things from the trash to sell. they cant go wash their hands with antibacterial soap. their kids dont get baths just because they are dirty. they dont have proper shelter. health care. nutrition. sanitation.
here is a video that is so worth your time... it will change your life...
my heart breaks. my heart yearns to change this. THIS is what makes me HATE america... hate our lifestyle... hate our waste (working in food and beverage through college tore my heart apart knowing what we threw away was better than most live on) this is why i could sell everything leave and never look back... i desire with all my being to make a dent in this world for the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
these children are my peace right now... they are filling my mind, heart, and prayers. occupying my time instead of feeling sorry for myself and the circumstances of losing our 4th baby (ill probably write more about this later). although i will NEVER ever not a day go by forget my precious babies that i never get to hold in my arms this side of heaven, nor the abandoned babies that i held and loved and lost due to death or by placing them into an orphanage in kenya, and now my prayer is that not a day goes by that i forget the precious 163 MILLION orphans that are around the world without parents today!
so tonight i leave you with James 1:27
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you!