The above photo was taken by Mark Pedder on December 25, 2008. Mark is a missionary to the slums of Manila and wrote about this scene:
It’s a family we know who are scavengers and they’re having their Christmas meal…
The father got permission to scavenge from a local fast food outlet’s bins for Christmas. So they have three big bags of rubbish which they’re going through and sharing the scraps of food with the kids. While I was there they opened up a styrofoam container with chicken bones and a part of a hamburger crust in it. It was given to their little girl because the boy got the last bit of chicken they found. Some of the food is being unwrapped from servettes, some is still in the packaging, sauce sachets are found and squeezed for that last drop of sauce, a plastic cup with the lid on it still has a mouth full of drink for someone. The family is not ashamed or shy, we know them and they just have to do this, it’s how they live.
But on the positive side, they were all having Christmas together and they actually had something special – three whole bags of rubbish. They really were happy. The kids were smiling and laughing, no one was arguing or fighting over the food, there was plenty for all of them.
If there was ever a picture or an event that really shows us what Christmas is about, this was it for me as I sat by a fire, in a muddy rubbish dump, with two adults and three kids having Christmas. What a world we live in. But in all honesty, I really felt special, they were happy I was there, not embarassed or ashamed in anyway – it was sad, but at the same time it was great. (Mark Pedder’s Weblog, December 25, 2008)
My prayer today:
Lord, I ask for You to open American believers’ ears to hear the cries of the poor in Asia so that in our times of need You will hear our cries for help. (Based on Proverbs 21:13)
Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for prisoners in Asia, according to Hebrews 13:3.
1. 4.4 billion people live in Asia.
2.. 85.4% of world’s unevangelized people live in Asia. (Unevangelized means they may have heard the gospel but have no understanding on how to respond.)
3. The world’s three largest non-Christian religions – Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhists – are based in Asia.
4. Of the 37 countries of the world that are less than 10% Christian, 32 are in Asia. Of the 14 countries, that are less than 2% Christian, 12 are in Asia.
5. 85-90% of unreached people live in Asia. (Unreached means that they have never heard the name of Jesus.) (Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation)