There Are No Starbucks in BASECO

Yesterday morning, half of America woke up and was happy, and another almost half of the nation awakened and was sad. Now, it is decision time, okay?

If you are a part of the unhappy group, what will you do?

You can mumble, grumble, and point your fingers at those who voted in opposition to your candidate. You can even say things like, “It’s all your fault for what’s about to happen in America. You will soon reap what you have sowed. Shame on you!”

Although you may feel a sense of short-term satisfaction for acting this way, it will be hard to keep the “I’m right, you’re wrong” elitist pride out of your heart. And whether you like it or not, pride will drag you down lower than the Mariana Trench.

So, here’s something to think about: “There are no Starbucks in BASECO.”

Do you know why there are no Starbucks or McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut or T.J. Max or whatever retail chain store in BASECO?

Because BASECO is a dockside slum in the Manila Bay, where over 100,000 people live on 128-acre open garbage dump and sludge dredged up from the bay. As you can imagine, the smell alone is less than glorious. Not exactly Starbucks chocolate frappuccino atmosphere, right?

Their livelihood? Most rummage through the never-ending new garbage from the Manila area, hoping to eke out a few pennies per day. And a few sell a kidney for a $1,000 or $2,000 so their families can survive.

I wrote this article to show you an alternative to the sad future you see for America.

Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble. The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies. The LORD nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health. (Psalm 41:1-3)

The choice is yours and your decision will eventually be the bed you sleep upon in the future. So, think about giving to BASECO ministries today.

A video of BASECO can be seen here and you can support a BASECO missionary named Mark Pedder here.

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15 Comments

Filed under Christianity, Kingdom of God, Politics, Poverty, Prophecy

15 responses to “There Are No Starbucks in BASECO

  1. Larry, you are such a blessing to us. You might of never been to our slum, but you are so much a part of us and what we do. Your advocacy, your voice, is heard well beyond your reach. You have always been so encouraging, and I don’t really know you, I have never met you, but I appreciate you so much. Thank you for being you.

    Greatly appreciated – Mark

  2. Mark,

    Thanks. You are one of the best things to ever happen to me. I look forward to eventually meeting you and Chris…hopefully soon.

  3. For our Christian brothers and sisters whose candidates did not win, remember Paul’s encouragement in 1 Timothy 2:1-2: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” It is my prayer that our two parties will put aside the bickering and partisanship and work together for the good of our nation and the world–especially the poor, whether within our midst or across the oceans in places like BASECO, Calcutta, of Haiti.

  4. Derrick,

    Thanks, I agree and pray for unity.

  5. Caddo Veil

    Excellent word for us, Lar!! (I confess that when I read the title, I was thinking you were visiting mom in a town without Starbucks, that it might be quite an inconvenience for you–I kept reading.) God bless you–love, sis Caddo

  6. Thank you so much, Mr. Larry, for helping us not to just sit and glum bum. There is much to do. Your heart for the poor and imprisoned is doing a work for Him. God bless you as you keep reaching out, keep teaching, keep reminding us.

  7. Really good perspective Larry. Thank you, and may The Lord fill you with joy! (I think he already has:)

  8. Caddo,

    Thanks. I’ve always liked catchy titles.

  9. Debbie,

    Thanks. Faith to change our ways comes from hearing and hearing the word, eventually it works.

  10. Judy,

    Thanks. I can always use more joy.

  11. Larry,my friend as usual you hit the nail on the head.[as well as me] Thank you!

  12. Cheryl,

    Thanks. God bless you.

  13. Indeed we are rich . . . and unless our government just completely destroys our nation, I intend to live life and go on about my business. Yesterday, earlier than ever, we put up our Christmas decorations. It was nice to sit last night and enjoy them.

    I don’t like what happened last Tuesday. But I’m not much of a complainer. I intend to do what I can do to change things; I feel it is a better use of my energy. I’m sure you’re the same.

    Enjoyed the post. Glad you got to spend time with your family. You were next door to me for awhile as I live in the southeast corner of Missouri.

  14. Mike,

    Thanks. The kingdom of God did not even skip a beat on Wednesday morning after the election results were finally tabulated. The King lives and reigns.

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