Let's visit 2 Navotas families.
This first family lives in an actual house near the river. They have 3 kids and 2 parents. The family has one scholar, a daughter. Our team went in to bless them and give them a bag of food.
We chatted with them (Pastor William is interpreting) and asked how we could pray for them. Mom tells us how her son doesn't eat or drink and when she took him to the doctor, he gave her antibiotics for tonsillitis.
We looked in his mouth and his tonsils are huge. He needs them removed stat before he can't breathe anymore. The nurses on our team prayed healing over him. Mom is tearful and she was still tearful when I saw her later that night. She doesn't have money to take him to a doctor or have his tonsils removed.
This is exactly the type of situation where kids die because they can't get the medical attention they need. The doctor visit would cost $6 US. Not sure what the cost of surgery would be. Working on that...
Second family LITERALLY lives under the bridge. This is a new family to me, I never realized anyone lived under the actual bridge.
This family is a Gramma and Grandpa (pictured on the "bed"), a daughter who is 9 months pregnant with her 5th child, and her 3 living children. She is 22 years old. Her 4th child died.
The family frequently evacuates when the water level rises. Which is basically every time it rains. It's POURED twice since we've been here.
I asked where the mom is going to give birth. Apparently she's had all 4 of her children right here.
They have lived here for NINETEEN YEARS.
Pretty humbling to peer into this home. This is probably the worst one I've seen. Oh the smell. Can you imagine birthing your babies and raising them in this wet hole?
Many families have kitchens in the street. Both of these ladies were immediately cooking the rice that we gave them in the food bags. They thanked us, saying otherwise they'd have nothing to feed their kids for lunch.
Each family's situation has the ability to break your heart. But if you gave them a nice house with a stocked pantry and fixed all thier problems, would they still have this contagious joy and unhindered love? I don't know...I think they have something that we, isolated up in our mansions, can't have.
Have to think about that some more.