Every day I see her and talk to her. Her name is Yosi. She and two of her sons walk to the colonia across from me. The one that I walk in. She can often be seen sweeping the streets in that neighbourhood. She and her young ones go through the garbage and sort through plastics. It’s how they provide for their family. They are all friendly, lovely people. Sometimes the boys will speak to me in English. They learned what they know in school when they were able to attend. But it’s been a while since they’ve been in school. Sometimes I notice they have found some pretty nice things looking through the garbage..Toys and house hold items that people have just cast off. Sorting through plastics and stuff…it’s the life that these boys know.
That’s why when I saw my son Jacob’s post on Facebook, my thoughts went immediately to them, this family that I have come to know. Not that there is anything wrong with Pokemon hunting. Personally I think it sounds like fun even though you won’t find me hunting for Pokemon anytime soon. It gets families off the couch and I can see how it can be entertaining. But when you stop and think about it…there is quite the contrast. Looking for Pokemon or looking through the garbage. One is for fun…the other is out of neccesity. Having just moved back to Canada from Honduras, which is a developing country..the contrast has been made even more real to Jake and I believe it has hit him hard. Below is his post I wanted to share.. Wisdom from my 18 year old son. I hope you hear his heart.
“Just a few months ago I lived in a place where I saw young children looking through the garbage to provide for their family. Now I live in a place where I see young children looking through the neighbourhood for pokemon. Not saying it’s wrong to be well off but how can we call ourselves christians if we live comfortably in the same place, same un-challenging sermons and in a comfortable shelter from everything. God said go into ALL the world but I feel like the excuse “That’s not for me” is used way too much. God said he would spit out the lukewarm. The world lukewarm also translated to stagnant. Not moving. If you are not being challenged by your faith and you are in a comfortable cycle of Christianity and life then doesn’t it say God will spit you out? Or other translations say puke. Stagnant water tastes terrible. The tree that produces no fruit will be thrown into the fire. Don’t get offended at this post. Get challenged. Put to the test what I said to the world of God. Don’t take my words for truth until you research yourself. Always compare to the world of God. “
and oh that God would open our eyes and make us aware to the things and people around us and that the things that break God’s heart would in turn break ours..