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Cardboard Bed

This ‘bed’ belongs to a woman and her children who live in a falling down little house outside of town. Each day they put their beds in the sun to sterilize them and keep them from attracting bugs.

I don’t show you this for your pity.

Search your own heart. Sometimes we become so materialistic without realizing it. As Christians God is not calling us to live in comfort. The American dream IS NOT His dream for us. Rather than lifting us to the top, of ease, success, and material wealth, He desires to humble us to the lowest place. 

The question He is always asking ‘Where are you willing to go, what are you willing to forgo, who are you willing to serve without seeking reward, for My sake?’

I look at this picture, and of course, my first though is, that’s awful, no human should have to live like that. My second thought is different. What am I (personally) willing to sacrifice for her? What if it was me? What if I was in her place? What if I was in deep deep poverty, and she in riches? How would I see her? How would her wealth look from my point of view? What if cardboard was my bed, and I didn’t know where my next meal would come from? Would I be ‘always rejoicing’?

A person cannot choose their place of birth. If you are born into wealthy America it is not because you are better than she. Rather, I believe God blesses us for us to bless others. He told the rich young ruler ‘go and sell everything, give to the poor, and come empty handed to follow me’. This is not just your money or possessions. Would you lay down your comfort? Your family? All that is familiar to you? Jesus said “Oh how hard it is for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Not because riches are bad. Rather because it is so easy to put our faith in them, rather than Jesus. God clearly calls us to give our lives for the orphan and the widow. No matter the cost. Would you say ‘Yes Lord’? Even if you must trade your bed for her cardboard one?

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Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017.  Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life! 


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