Its been raining, like a LOT, in Cape Town, the news show photos of people driving in what looks like rivers. It is unbearably cold. I am cold, my kids are cold and sick, and it sucks. But you know what, I have a warm dry house, with hot water to bath, make tea or a hot meal, we have a heater, and the kids have plenty of blankets. We are so unbelievably blessed. Since you’re reading this post, I am guessing you are just as blessed.
In the cold, people are dying… while we are warm.
My friend, Jellie, works with people in Mitchell’s Plain, who have pretty much nothing. They live in shacks, that are covered in plastic sheeting, if that. The “roofs” leak, there is no hot water for bathing or tea. Their clothes and blankets are probably soaked through, and unlikely to dry.
She shared these pictures on Facebook…
there is plastic sheeting just barely covering these “houses”. the toilets are outside.
buckets all over the floor to catch the water leaking through the roof. people are freezing.
This is just one person, doing what they can, but Jellie takes people food every week, she helps them with clothes etc. She is not rich, she is a mom doing what she can to help others.
It makes me feel terrible knowing I have hot tea at the flick of a switch, and these people can’t keep warm. I have contacted her to ask what she needs for them, so that I can see what our family can do. I want my kids to grow up with a heart for others, not a heart of entitlement, or selfishness. I want them to be happy givers, as required by the Lord. God made and loves these poor people in our freezing city, the ones in Mitchell’s plain are just a drop in the leaking roof bucket.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
As Christians we are called to help the poor, the needy, to give out of the overflow of blessing that the Lord has bestowed on us. Instead of complaining about the cold, the inconvenience, and lounging in the luxuries of our warm cosy lives, we must act, we must give. We buy coffee for ourselves at the drop of a hat, maybe buy a beggar, or even a parking guard a hot drink. We buy ourselves and our kids branded and lank expensive clothing, why not buy a warm jersey for a homeless person, it doesn’t have to be fancy, just warm.
How are you going to help the poor and needy in our city? How are you going to show God to the lost and lonely?
If you are at all able to help, contact one of these places to give, they are legitimate and know where to send the things we give.
Mamawethu House of Safety (Jellie’s place) 073 688 6280
Jellie’s list of needs for her ministry at Mitchell’s Plain:
- Tins / Pilchards, Vegetables, beans,
- Fresh vegetables and fruit
- Mielie pap or other porridges
- Soup mix, Samp/ beans, Split peas
- Soya mince or the real deal and spices
- Toiletries/ toilet paper
- Soap for hand wash
- Blankets/ Pillows/ ETC…..
- Any kitchen tools, Scissors, knifes…..
- AND BIG POTS….