Today I received the names and household sizes of the 50 families in the tent zone by the palace. These families are made up of many varieties. You have some with just one parent and several children. You have some with an older brother taking care of his younger siblings. You have some with no parents but a grandparent or aunt that is watching over several children. I was blown away by some of the sizes of these families because the tarp-homes could maybe fit two people sleeping in them. There is NO WAY that families of 5 or more could even fit in these little homes. I was way off in my number count. I thought we would have about 160 or so people to take care of. It’s 265 people in this small little zone. There’s over 200 children! I didn’t get the ages of all the children which I’m thinking for that – i just need to personally go down and visit to figure out some of this.
One thing I know for sure – these people need your prayers. I’m listing the names and household sizes so that you can pray over them. Not all of them are Christians I’m sure. God has laid on our family this huge burden to reach out to these people. Yet when I think what all is involved in really making a difference – it’s overwhelming. I know I need food – but they don’t even have a way to cook it. I have to think about charcoal stoves. They have no oil to prepare their rice/beans. I have to think about that. They live in tarps – NOT TENTS. We need to start collecting tents. What in the world will they do when it rains? I need to get some vitamins, baby formula, peanut butter, sheets, and clothes out to them. My parents have 2000 jars of peanut butter and 70 bags of rice that I am going to send down on the truck this week. It seems like a lot but I know it’s not even a dent.
I have no time frame of how long we can help or what all we can provide for them. This is the promise I have made to God – whatever you give me Lord- I’ll share it. I will give what I have and when I don’t have it – I simply can’t give it. I have put this burden back on God’s shoulders and told him if you provide it Lord – I will do my part. I’ll be His personal assistant for as long as He puts this task out in front of me.
|LEADER: M GUYTEAY PETIT-FRERE|