A Very Cool Story From The Dump

The following is a post from my friend Marc Tindall who works in Honduras and does ministry in the dump.

This is little Marco, he is now almost 2 years old.  We took him to the doctor today because his mom, my friend Johana, has tried for about a month to get him feeling better and nothing was working. We found out that little Marco has parasites and without treatment, which cost about $20, he would have died. Since the parasites knocked his whole system out of whack, he also needed about $30 more in meds to help him out. The annual dump fund saved this little guy from dying. Dump Day 2012 will be on May 2, we need to replenish the bank. Please help. Please!

10 Reasons to Give on Dump Day 2012

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Every year on the first Wednesday in May, we meet here on this blog to raise money to bless the ministry that takes place at the Tegucigalpa dump in Honduras. That money provides for things like food, milk for newborns, medical emergencies, and on and on. This year’s Dump Day is May 2nd, and here are 10 good reasons you should give this year…

  1. GIVE because they really needed. The people at the dump are the poorest of the poor in this 3rd world country, and if we don’t give … no one will.
  2. GIVE because God wants you too. “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?” James 2:15-16
  3. GIVE because God will bless you. Proverbs 19:17 says, “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord, and he will repay you!”
  4. GIVE because it’s fun. Seriously … giving is a blast … unless you’re a Scrooge.
  5. GIVE because “our stuff” really isn’t “our stuff” in the first place. Everything we have belongs to God, we are just the managers of the stuff He’s given to us. So share a little of the things God has given you.
  6. GIVE because you can. “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” Luke 3:11
  7. GIVE because you’ve been blessed abundantly. If you own a car, you are in the top 10% of the wealthiest people in the world. God has blessed you abundantly … share a little of what you’ve been given.
  8. GIVE because you want to, not because you feel guilty.You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthian 9:7
  9. GIVE because people are hungry. The ministry at the dump gives them not only physical food, but spiritual food. The people at the dump see God’s love through words, actions and smiles. They know they are loved.
  10. GIVE because God has given to us.“For God SO loved the world that He GAVE His one and only son …” John 3:16. God is a great giver.

Please help us spread the word about Dump Day 2012 by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter.

See you on May 2nd for Dump Day 2012

My Day Working At The Tegucigalpa Dump

Yesterday Marc Tindall, myself and a few others went to the Tegucigalpa dump to spend part of the day working in the dump. We were hoping to get a small glimpse of what the life of the dump person would be like.

We spent our part of the day helping a young 22-year-old single mom named Lourdes. She works in the dump to support her baby, her handicapped sister and mother.

When a trash truck would come into the dump, we would position ourselves at the back of the truck. The idea was to be some of the first to get to rip through the “new” garbage to seek anything that could be recycled. We dug for bottles, cans, cardboard, plastics, etc. Once our bag of recyclable trash was full, we’d take it back to Lourdes’ little area of the dump and sort what we had collected and wait for the next truck to come.

By the time we worked just the second truck, we were covered in such slime and filth that it was hard to pick things up without them slipping from our hands.

I had such a big swing of emotions yesterday. I was excited to get there and go to work, but that quickly changed to disgust when digging through the trash. The hardest emotion to hit was pure, old-fashioned sadness and despair. It was impossible to hold back the tears thinking that no 22-year-old single mother should ever have to work in a dump to earn a few dollars a day to support her family. It was a glimpse into her world I didn’t like one bit.

We left the dump long before Lourdes did. We went to a little village, washed up and ditched our nasty, ruined clothes. We was officially done with our day at the dump, but not Lourdes. Sometime later that day she would walk 2 miles back to her home and change her clothes … but she’s not done. In the morning she’ll put those same nasty, stinking, filthy clothes back on and go do it all again. THAT breaks my heart.

One of the high points of the day was at lunchtime; the Dump Day food truck came and fed the workers at the dump … and brought them fresh water to drink. I enjoyed getting to climb in the back of the truck and help fill bowls of beans and rice. Thank you for your continued support of Honduras Hope and the ministry at the dump.

Dump Day 2012 is coming up in three short weeks on May 2nd. For this ministry to continue, we must raise the funds for the year on May 2nd. I hope you’ll consider making a donation then.

A big thanks to Marc for setting it all up. Also thanks to Erik, Melissa, Christina and James for their part.

More later …

I’m Going To Go To Work in a Dump …

Next week I’m starting a new job. Okay, so it’s only for 1 day, but it is a new job. My friend Marc Tindall has invited me to Honduras  next week to spend a full day working in the Tegucigalpa dump. Oh I’ve worked handing out food there many times, but this is going to be a little different. Marc wants to spend an entire day working in the dump … just like we were Honduran. The plan is to spend the day digging through garbage to find things we can recycle and sell … just like those who go to the dump to work. Usually a full day of chasing garbage trucks and digging through garbage brings them in about 1-2 dollars a day … they then use that to try and support their entire family.

When the food comes that Wednesday, like it does every Wednesday (due to Dump Day), Marc and I will go stand in line with the other workers and take our turn to get food. We’ll stand there and wonder … like the others … will there be enough this time for me to get to eat?

Why would we want to do such a thing? I think it will give us a better understanding of the life of the very poor … like … what they have to go through everyday just to support their family.

At the end of our time next Wednesday we’ll give the things we’ve collected to a poor family who live just outside the dump. They’ve just had a baby who was born with his intestines on the outside of his little body.

I’m excited about my trip to Honduras next week. As for my new dump job that starts next Wednesday … I know I’ll be very thankful at the end of the day that it is not my regular job. I’ll be thankful I don’t have to come back the next day, and I’ll be thankful that I don’t have to figure out a way to support my whole family on $1-$2 each day.

Dump Day 2012 is May 2nd, I hope you’ll be able to help financially that day to keep this ministry going.

Let Me Introduce You To “Disciple Trips” … Short Term Missions for Young People

(This blog generates a lot of traffic for those interested in short-term missions in Honduras and I want to share with you today a new ministry called Disciple Trips. If you are a teenager, or know a teenager interested in a mission trip, I suggest you point them towards Disciple Trips. I’ve asked my friend, Jeff Smith to tell you more about the program …. )

“Tim… Tebow or Hero!”  by Jeff Smith

Tim Tebow is everywhere!  Football fan or not, you’ve probably heard of him. He’s known as a determined athlete and an unashamed believer in Christ.

For a moment, I’d like to put the spotlight on another Tim.  I don’t know his last name, but I dare say he’s a believer who’s better known than Tebow.  His actual name is Timothy.  We first meet him as a young disciple raised by a godly mother. His first “media day” began in Acts 16, when a tireless missionary came to town.  Paul meets Timothy and is impressed. In fact, he’s so impressed, he wants to “take him along on the journey.”  Isn’t that interesting?  It makes me ask a lot of questions.  Why would Paul bother to invite a student on his trip? Why would Timothy be willing to leave home and travel with a complete stranger? Would his parents really let him go? Were they scared or reluctant? What value would Timothy bring to the mission team?

In the end, we get some really good answers!  He goes.  He grows and so does the Kingdom!  In spite of his age, health concerns and insecurities, Paul mentors this young man into a preacher and we continue to be blessed by his work as we read the two letters addressed to him and preserved in our New Testament.

I have a few more questions…

PARENTS, are you willing to send your child onto the mission field?  Why or why not?

STUDENTS, are you ready to put your faith to the test?  To see your faith take flight?

CHURCH LEADERS, are you willing to invest in the future of the Kingdom?

If so, then I’d like to invite you check out DiscipleTrips (www.discipletrips.com). It’s a new and exciting Short Term Student Mission organization built to give students (16 – 18 years old) the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of Christ. We organize the work, prepare students and take them on life-changing mission trips.

Yes, I like Tebow and appreciate his bold faith, but I’m praying that God will raise up a generation of “Heroes!” Young people who are ready to “go into all the world and preach the gospel” along with their families and churches who are willing to send them.

About the author:

Jeff Smith is the campus minister at the Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. He’s taken numerous groups on mission trips for the past two decades. Feel free to contact him.  E-mail: jeffsmith@sunset.cc or call 806-790-4654.

 

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Trey Morgan Here are my thoughts about marriage, family, raising children, humor, faith and the life God intended for us all. I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast.

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