Friday, December 28, 2007

FOUR PLATES ... SEVEN PEOPLE


Milton, here:

We have a number of new immigrant families attending our church from Africa. Some of them fled countries where family members were being killed. They were starving. Some left with children dying in their arms from stray gunfire. They can't speak much English and they don't have anything....but hope and faith in God.

One of our church members, Annette, told me she was in the home of one of the immigrant families taking them food and other much needed items from our church family. Also, Christmas was shared with bicycles, sewing machines, and basic home items.... (I am so thankful for all the sacrifice and hard work of so many in our church to help meet the basic needs of all these families and make their first Christmas in America special.)

In one visit, Annette noted only four plates for all of them to eat their food.

"How do all of you eat with only four plates?" she asked. (There were seven of them in the home.)

Through an interpreter she found that they share plates with two eating off the same plate or they wait and wash the plate when their turn comes and then eat.

Yet, you should see the smiles on their faces. They beam with joy and are so appreciative. They're working on their English and striving hard to adjust to American ways. They are hard workers.

When you don't feel so good, think about it.

Four plates ..... Seven people.


P.S. They have enough plates now to go around. That's called faith with works.

3 Comments:

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

We are so blessed in this country, yet we forget to count those blessings. The less we're encumbered by "things" the happier we are.

I think that's one huge blessing of growing older. You become content with less. Praise God. ;o)

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Yes, we're blessed in America. And I'm blessed, even in what I'm going through. Every day, I saw, "Lord, You're so good to me!"

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Reminds me of an old episode of Little House on the Prairie. I saw it the other day in a Christmas collection--Laura and Mary were thrilled to receive tin cups as gifts--they had never had their own cups!

 

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