Yesterday was Mother's day in Nepal and most of the women at St. Cloud apartments did not have the opportunity to spend it with their mothers. Either their mothers are dead or still in Nepal or in another state or country. In their culture they generally live with their mother in law. I asked a few women how they celebrated mother's day in the camp and they said they would fix a meal for their mom. (sounds good to me) Ha!

One of the Bhutanese ladies that I have known about 3 years asked me to come to her apartment at 3 pm. When I arrived she had prepared some special dishes of beans rice, and potatoes. She explained that her mother was dead and that her mother in law was in another state and she wanted to celebrate mother's day with me. I was honored and humbled when she handed me a bouquet of beautiful red roses that she had purchased from Fiesta. Why do those who have the least give so generously, I thought. As I sat and ate and we chatted, I asked how the donations helped her. She said her husband brings home barely enough to survive.and without the help of diapers, she would not be able to afford them and she tries to stretch what we give her. She said they have $200 per month in food stamps and spend $80 per week on food.
 
We were busy yesterday and served families with baby diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, toothbrushes etc.and shoes and clothes. Those coming for assistance were truly in need and the numbers have doubled. It is not that the ladies don't want to work, it is that there is no affordable child care for them and they will be working minimum wage jobs.

I thank God for those who give and allow me to give to the "least of these".  Following is the story from the friend who helped me yesterday:

"Today was crazy! We needed diapers... so this morning I headed to Wal- Mart to buy some. Then went to the warehouse to get the sizes I knew we had (we have tons of size 3)... Much to my surprise Margie had gotten a donation from a Pasadena church and we have every size! Praise The Lord! That will supply us for a few more weeks. I am completely amazed how Father provides for every little to big thing we need.

As soon as I got to the apartment people were coming... It's like they can smell us or something. It's crazy! I was kind of worried because people were coming for diapers that I wasn't expecting, but The Lord provided diapers for everyone who came. I was amazed because I thought I didn't have enough. Amazing!

We had a total of 21 people come today and no one left empty handed! Praising the Most High! I left around 1:30 and Margie was still at it, so who knows what happened when I left. :) It was a great day!

May He be Glorified!!!"

We were so blessed with the Indian American Association medical camp. Many of the Bhutanese did not qualify for "gold cards" and needed help.  They were not only examined, but also given instruction on how to find free clinics.  
 
First Baptist Bellville brought a mission team and played with the children and told the story of Jesus from creation to the cross to many children from several nations.
 
The ESL team took their ladies and gents to the Houston Zoo.  When we practiced English during donations yesterday, I asked them what animals they saw and was amazed at how many they could name in English!! 

Margie 
 


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