We visited Silvia (not her real name) on a chilly day just before the onset of winter. Her small, one-story home was wedged in between large mansions-in-progress. Romany who work abroad save their money for their children by building as much house as their money can buy. Silvia could not afford to go abroad in search of work. She and her family could not afford to move somewhere warmer for the winter. And they could not afford to buy wood to heat their home for the nine months that Moldovans need to heat their homes.
So while we were visiting with
a food packet*, another family member came back from picking up fallen limbs in
the woods. The forest ranger allows poor people to pick up whatever has fallen.
Perhaps the food and our prayers will also help keep this family warm in the
Writing those words, though, immediately brings James 2:16 to mind. Do you know someone who can take those prayers one step further?
*(Food packets funded by Texas Hunger Offering.)
** (Y)ou shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? James 2:16 CEV