I have decided to divide the post in parts. This is day one of the missionary trip.
As you know I was recently away on missionary tour. I would very much like to share the work which my family has been doing for some time now. We are a small family team by the name David Foundation, our mission is to evangelize, preach and reach people where Christ is not known. We live and work in Pakistan among communities both non-Christians and Christians alike.
This Christmas, we planned to go to a place called Tiba (it means a sand mound) and rightly so because this place is housed on a large sand mound, about 500 homes here. Its a small village and abject poverty reigns here. You can click on images to enlarge them a little.
This whole village was burned down completely in 1993 by Muslim mobs. The government help was poor. These people were once the owners of fertile land around this place and then, especially after this place was burnt, people slowly started selling off their land, the buyers were all Muslims and now these people work as labor on the lands they once owned. The health and hygiene conditions are the worst of all.
In 2010 we tried to help a little and constructed 10 bathrooms in some of the most poor homes. In most of the houses there are no bathrooms. Human waste and sewerage often just spills out either on streets or the people go into the fields. Because of this, there are many many sick people in the area. Tuberclosis is a very common sickness here. Most of the people here work at the brick factories.
At these brick factories, children and women work as well as men. They are bound to the brick owners for life against food, money, debt and on most rare occasions, medicine. They are almost slaved. Working here in generations. The brick factory owners are feudal lords mostly. And they control their slaves the same way British lords did in the early half of the last century. If someone tries to flee from here, he is most likely threatened or killed. You can not leave this area. There is nothing better than human labor force for free. Visiting this place reminded me of Hebrews and their slavery in the land of Egypt. Ironically they were given the same job, making bricks. I call this place the house of slavery. The people who live here are miserable in the truest meaning of the word.
These people have to make 1000 bricks daily for which they get $2.00 dollars a day. That is $60 dollars a month. They dont have much of anything. Most people don’t’ even have shoes.
Child labor is common here. We try to help them and school them but its very difficult. The people living here needs more hands to work and sometimes they stop their children’s schooling. It has taken us time to convince parents and to send their children to school. (I’ll show you pictures of those in the next post.)
Every 3 persons out of five suffer with Tuberculosis. We try to help a lot of people with that. Supplying medicine for them for T.B and eye infections, general immunity building tonics, pain killers and some others.
On this trip we gave out warm clothes to the people living here. We gave them medicine to both Muslims and Christians.
We visited three brick factories. We told them we are Christians, we told them about Christ and we prayed for them. Every person was given clothes and medicine. The best thing we got back was the love and prayers. These people can only give you back those.
I think our effort was worth their smiles.
And by the way, this was our ride.
Day 1 ends. I’ll post about our sponsored students and the rest of the activities in the second post.