|Posted by DBPower on July 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM|
I'd been hearing about people waiting outside all day long in the heat just to receive some food, and that they were without shade and without water - someone told me last night this was still taking place, so we went after service to see for ourselves. I was astonished. At 10pm, there were still over 100 people horded around a small entry way to a small building where food was being delivered daily and then portioned out according to numbers that were being called.
We had taken a cooler full of cold water bottles and upon arriving we began passing them out - they were being snatched up faster than we could hand them out. I heard one lady say "Thank You So Much" more than 5 times... By 10pm, it was less than 100 degrees and there was no sun; it's hard to imagine people standing there for 16 hours throughout the long day with no shade being provided.
As we visited with them and prayed over them, we learned that some had been waiting since 3am that morning, with little to eat and little to drink - all because their family needed food and didn't have the resources to acquire their own - this government food assistance program would help them to get through this most difficult 40 days of the year (July 10-August 20 has proven to be a season with extreme temperatures and limited work opportunities not only for the unskilled laborers). There were a few folks we spoke to who had spent several days going to the site, waiting to see if their number would be called, then going back home only to return again the next day to wait again. If their reports are true, there were days when over 400 people gathered at a time.
This is obviously a ridiculous situation that is being terribly mismanaged, and we'll look for someone who is responsible so that it can be remedied soon. In the mean time, a few of us from the Church in San Luis are going back today with more than a few cold bottles of water. Our hope and prayer is not only to quench their thirst, but to refresh their souls. Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Please pray for those we'll be ministering to, and thank you for your continued support that allows us to continue to serve others in Jesus' name...