|3/23/15 - desperation associated with poverty|
it was a group of ladies, one of which we built a house for about 5 years ago. she said she felt terrible asking, but wanted to know if i could help her with the expenses necessary to bury her dad. the conversation that followed was profound.
i asked when and how he died, and she responded that he technically isn't dead yet. "then what's going on?", i asked. she said that he's dying, that he's been a drunk his whole life and alcohol poisoning is overwhelming him. he is vomiting, foaming at the mouth, and having one seizure attack after another. they explained that they had seen this before, and they know he is just minutes away from death.
when i asked if they have seen a doctor or taken him to the hospital, their response was alarmingly sad. the daughter explained that if they take him to the public hospital, and he dies, they don't have the money to discharge his body.
after explaining that i don't feel right talking about a guy's burial expenses while he is still alive, i called dr. carlos who came immediately. 72 hours of meds, IV fluids, and lock-down in his house, he was back to a clean bill of health. knowing you don't just walk away from 40 years of alcoholism, we checked him into a 6-month christian rehabilitation center, and are praying that he comes out a new man!
what strikes me most about this particular story is the desperation associated with poverty. i think back to the original knock on the door... a desperate ask for help to bury a husband and father who wasn't even dead yet. moreover, no action had been taken to save him based on the concern for the fee required in discharging his dead body.
not sure how to close out this entry. i guess just to say that we as americans - the wealthiest people on the planet earth - must wake up to the reality of the world around us. this type of desperate poverty is how the majority of the world lives.
as christians, we must get out of our bubbles. we must get out of the suburbs. we must hear the cries of the poor. and we must do something about it.
but don't take my word for it:
whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered - prov 21:13
whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse - prov 28:27