“Withhold not good to them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.” Proverbs 3:27
That verse makes me feel uncomfortable, and in fact being around destitute people living in the trash dump near Chinandega, Nicaragua this past month left me puzzling over the question, “Just what can we do?” Hundreds of folks living in shanty housing, scavenging garbage every day to find something to eat or sell – “what power do we possess to really help these poor people?”
One dream is coming to fruition – the launch of a new vocational school, designed to help some gain a skill like electrical, carpentry and sewing. Last month two GO volunteer teams helped move this vision forward laboring with Nicaraguans to build the new structure, and actually helping with the first week of classes. We were glad to “give a hand up and not just a hand out.”
I wish you could have seen the faces of those young men and women, when they completed their new dining tables and finished new clothing for their children! It was pure joy! They were excited to learn something they could
actually do with their hands to help their families.
Hope is in short supply in places like trash dumps. The oppressive heat, horrible living conditions, little food and few resources add to their hopelessness every day.
Thank you for your support this month, with what God has given you, we have “the power in our hands to do it.”
During our final days in Limonal (trash dump) we had the privilege to pray with all of our students and many prayed to receive Christ. New Bibles have been given and new hope has been born. God is good and we are so grateful for your partnership.