7 QUESTIONS ABOUT DUMP DAY

Can you imagine being so poor and so hungry that you’d take up residence at your local dump and dig through the disgusting trash to find yourself something to eat? Can you imagine feeding your children scraps of molded rotting garbage, just so they can live? Can you imagine your children picking the little bites of chicken off a chicken bone they found in the garbage? All these are regular occurrences at the dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The Tegucigalpa dump is a dark and horrible place to live, yet many people do. Last year, on May 5th, you began to help make a difference in these forgotten people’s lives, with the first ever Dump Day.

Twice this past year I had the privilege of being in Honduras and feeding hungry dump people with food you helped provide. This year I plan to go back to Honduras a couple of times and help feed the people at the dump. I’m praying this ministry is able to continue. Here are a few questions you may have that I hope I can help answer…

1. What is “Dump Day?”

  • Dump Day started last May 5th when we all raised over $12,500 for the Dump Fund. Everyone came together and pledged money and hungry people were fed. Here’s the post if you want to look back. Now that a year has passed we want to have another “Dump Day” fundraiser to make sure we’re able to continue to feed the hungry people of the Tegucigalpa, Honduras dump.
2. How did Dump Day start?
  • In November of 2008 I got a newsletter from a group of kids who were doing some mission work down in Honduras. They mentioned in their newsletter about going out to the dump and feeding people who lived there. When I first read it I thought to myself, “No way is there really people who live at a dump and eat out of the trash.” I emailed them and found out more about their work. They were making and taking sandwiches to them when the funds to do so were available. About six months later we decided to have a fund raiser for them on this blog. My dream was to raise about $2500 for this work. I dreamed much too small.
3. Why May 5th?
  • May 5th is my cancer anniversary. This year I will have been cancer free for 7 years. What better way to celebrate surviving cancer and being cancer free than doing something like this. :)

4. How can you help?
  • By doing two things: 1) help pass the word about what we’re doing here on May 5th. You can use your blog, your church bulletin, your email, send letters or any other way of getting the word out. The more people that know, the more people that can help. And 2) make a donation. Stop by on May 5th and leave a comment with what you’re pledging to give. That helps us keep up with where we are on the fund-raiser.
5. How do I give/pledge?
  • Once you leave a pledge (“I’ll give $50, etc.”), you make out a check, money order or use the Paypal button on the side-bar of this blog. We’re trying to make it as easy as possible to give. On May 5th I’ll include the address where you can mail your money, if you pay by check or money order.
6. Where will my money go?
  • This is simple … your money will go to help feed the people at the dump. Period.
7. How do I participate in this year’s Dump Day fast?
  • This year I’m challenging you to a Dump Day fast. A 30 hour fast that will coincide with the Dump Day marathon. It will be a reminder to us that there are hungry people in this world, and they can’t be overlooked. I’m not sure there’s ever been a day in the Tegucigalpa dump when the people have actually had more to eat than me … but on May 5th they will. I will be fasting and on that day (Dump Day, May 5th), and my friend Marc Tindall will be feeding rice, beans, tortillas, bananas and water to the people at the dump.

  • I challenge you to fast from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday evening. Then you can take the money you’d have spent on meals and give that money to hungry people. What better way to spend the money you saved on meals? :)
  • I also challenge you to some accountability on this by signing up. Simply leave a comment that says, “I’m in on the fast.” You in? Here are the people that have committed so far: Marc Tindall, James Jones, Sherry Hubright, Greg England, Tami Scott, Nick Gill, Janice Garrison, Gary Mabry, Brian Vaughan, Denson Ligon, John Dobbs, Amber Henderson, Nicole Fitzgerald, Kim Robinson, Monica Abayta, Donna Gossett, James E Hampton III … who did I miss?
So, what question did I miss?

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  1. Stachia says:

    I'm in!

  2. loveintheheartland says:

    Count me in on the fast!! I will repost your blog to my friends on FB & Twitter to gather more support!

  3. ♥ cherelle says:

    I'm in on the fast.

  4. TREY MORGAN says:

    Stachia – Glad you are in.

    loveintheheartland – THAT is EXACTLY what we need. PLEASE repost. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And I'm glad you're in on the fast.

    cherelle – Honored to have you join us :)

  5. Shane Coffman says:

    Im in, and I will repost as well.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Count me in I could use to give up some food for someone else that needs it more than me. Dina

  7. Terri L Tindall says:

    You can count me in for the fast.
    Terri

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am in on the fast and I would like to pledge $50. I will tell Tallie that part later.
    Mike Martinez

  9. Melissa W. says:

    I will take part in the fast and pray all day for the people of Honduras and particularly the dump.

  10. Anonymous says:

    COUNT ME IN! Looking forward to that day for fasting and praying.
    Thanks to you, Trey, for initiating this day to provide the funds to feed these precious souls.
    Sue T.

  11. JamesBrett says:

    trey, does this money go to feed those living in the dump year-round? is this a daily thing that people there in honduras are doing?

    and (i hope this doesn't sound bad, but) i assume the pull for living in the dump is the availability of food scraps. so are they finding that some of those living in the dump are now wanting to relocate (with food being available)? are they serving meals elsewhere, or only in the dump? it just seems as if regularly distributing meals in the dump would, in a way, encourage people to continue living there. not that i have a solution for a better place.

    and i'm not in any way trying to belittle what's being done, or question its value. i'm just curious about how this is working, because i live in a country where there are many in need — and am always interested in ways to help them.

  12. Josh Linton says:

    I'm in, Trey.

  13. TREY MORGAN says:

    Shane – I'm glad you are "in," my brother. Thanks for your help on this.

    Dina – Glad you are in too.

    Terri – awesome.

    MIke – Get that cleared with Tallie. I don't want to get you in trouble :)

    Melissa – Glad you are in.

    Sue – It's going to be a great dump day. Glad you're in.

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    James – You ask tough questions. Not because I don't want to answer, but because there's not a lot of answers. I know my friend Marc, who heads all this up in Honduras, is going to swing by and help answer some of these questions.

    This does go to feed those who live in the dump. They actually live there. It's the poorest of the poor. They (Marc & the Honduras government, including the First Lady of Honduras) are currently trying to come up with a plan to get those people out of the dump. Marc has met with them numerous times and will meet with them again this week.

    As for serving meals "in the dump," sadly that's where the people are … if you don't serve them there, they don't eat.

    You ask great questions. I hope we can provide more than food for them someday … it's in the works, but right now if they need food, we want to feed.

  15. Marc T says:

    Trey, when we started working in the dump – in March 2008, we were shocked at the numbers of people. Our first trip to the dump was more or less just to see if it looked as dangerous as some of my friends had told me that it was. Terri and I just sat in the truck and cried. We didn't know what God's plan was for us but, we could pretty easily see that there were hungry folks and we could find a way to help out – even if just in a small way. We started with bean sandwiches (a pretty common thing here). A group from Atlanta visited, hearts were broken, and we were able to upgrade the menu to bologna sandwiches and bananas. Last year – after the May event, we were able to hire some cooks and upgrade to beans, rice, & tortillas. Lots of water too. We are also able to supply several young ladies 14 to 17 years old with formula for their babies. I make them promise to NEVER bring their babies to the dump.
    If there is a HELL on earth, Trey, it is the dump. Having a meal there does not encourage the people to go there. I can promise you that if these folks could see any hope for something better they would go for it.
    We are working on some new ways to help people in the dump. I am working with my good friend – who is the wife of the mayor of Tegucigalpa to build some sort of refuge at the dump. A place where ladies could have a safe place for their babies, a place for kids to learn, a place to get some health care, a place for Christian groups from the states to come and serve, a church – but nothing like any church most of us have ever seen.
    So, what happened on May 5, 2009 was the seed that was planted and now, we begin to see some of the harvest in 2010. We may not make be making a dent in the needs – yet, but it the work in the dump is "making a difference to "this one". I am blessed to be your brother and it is no accident that our God has woven our lives together. WE SERVE AN AMAZING FATHER.

  16. Char Huskins says:

    I'll be fasting with you. And I'll post to blogs/twitter/FB as well.

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    Josh, I'm glad you're up for the challenge.

    Char – awesome… thanks for all your help.

  18. L Lane says:

    Dump day here already…GOOD.

    I'm all in on the fast.

  19. Anonymous says:

    If Emanual is in on the fast then i sure am. :)

    cant wait for "Dump Day". My new favorite holiday…

  20. Brenda says:

    Would be honored to be in on this. Count me in!

    Absolutely will fast with you as well.

  21. JamesBrett says:

    thanks, trey and marc. i know answers aren't easy to come by — and solutions even more difficult. but i appreciate what you guys are doing, and will continue to pray for you. And even more so for those who live in the dump. May God continue to bless you guys, so that you can bless others.

  22. lovey says:

    I am in on the fast. Sharon Lovelace

  23. LAW says:

    I will join you all in the fast. I wish all of you who are doing this could be with us each Wednesday when we take food to the dump. May God bless each one who gives in order to help those living in the direst of situations here in Honduras.

  24. Jonathan says:

    I'm in on the fast. Jonathan Stellwagen

  25. Debbie says:

    I prayed and God said yes…I will ask my friends to contributed here and I will fast with you. God bless all of your caring hearts.

  26. Larry Simmons says:

    I'm In Larry simmons

  27. Blair, Ben, and Mary Bishop says:

    We're in!! Awesome Blog.

  28. TREY MORGAN says:

    L Lane – My old friend :) Glad you in.

    DuWayne – Emanuel is with you.

    Brenda – Honored to have you taking part.

    JamesBrett – Glad we helped a little. Sometimes things aren't as neat & tidy as we'd like, instead they are a work in progress.

    Sharon – Awesome!

    LAW – Lowell… knew we could count on you.

    Jonathan – My friend, glad you're in… we'll be hungry together.

    Debbie – Honored!

    Larry – So glad you stumbled across my blog. Glad you're in.

    Blair, Ben & Mary – Thank you very much. Glad you are in.

  29. Ginger says:

    Count me in Trey!

  30. Jenny says:

    I'm so in!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Hey, this is Amie…I am in!! : )

  32. (annonymous) says:

    I'm in :) for the fast and the donation… this is much more important than shopping lol 😀 P.S. I'm a 15 year old…. a 15 year old who wants to make a difference

  33. Jonathan says:

    Count me in! -Peeden

  34. Anonymous says:

    Is this something needed in Honduras for the Dump or other areas? http://www.watermissions.org/

  35. Anonymous says:

    Count AJ & me in for the fast Trey! Gonna be tuff for these two who never miss a meal–we can do it, tho! What a terrific game plan! Judy

  36. Katherine says:

    You missed me…I am in! :)

    (Haven't been able to get on your blog in a month!!)

  37. Melissa says:

    I heard about this from my friend Tami, who went to Honduras with a team from our church last year. I am in on the fast, and will be praying for the people of Honduras, and especially the people of the dump.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Youth from Harrisburg Babtist in Tupelo, MS. just did a 30 Hour Famine for World Vision. It was an AWSOME thing to be a part of, I did it with the Youth. They fasted for 30 Hours, and went out and got canned food and took that to a boys home, under a bridge where homeless live, one group picked up used toys to help make transtions go easy with children who are being removed from homes for thier saftey. As a parent that did the 30 HOur fest and saw our YOuth go and do Mission within Tupelo was so great.

  39. Michael all Europified says:

    im in on the fast! the dump has a special place in my heart. i can't wait to return in 3 weeks!

  40. Richard says:

    My wife Angie and I will be fasting starting after lunch until tomorrow evening. We've shared this with others who've said they will participate as well. May God bless this ministry, the people being served and most importantly may He be glorified.

  41. Amy Paden says:

    I'm in!

  42. Anonymous says:

    Just started the fast.. love, Joan and Tiger

  43. Cressie Willis says:

    I can't do the fast but I am giving up my starbucks for the month and I'm giving money!

  44. JMF says:

    I'm late seeing this, Trey. I linked over from Nick's blog.

    I'll be with you guys in spirit tomorrow, and I'll do my fast on Fri night through Saturday.

    $100.00

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