Spreading the joy of Christmas: Part One

Spreading the joy of Christmas: Part One


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A girl smiles holding her xmas gift, as I take her picture with her Grandpa. They both work at a brick factory.

Dear friends,

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.

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A young man is loading bricks on the cart. That tall structure is the chimney of the factory. It is housed on a large furnace which is covered with mud. The workers have to work on top of the furnace while its burning under their feet.

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.

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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.

DSC_0868_exposure_resizeChild 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.

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My father (black jacket) and mother (black sweater) and some of the people as we are about to leave the place.

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.

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Day 1 ends. I’ll post about our sponsored students and the rest of the activities in the second post.

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9 thoughts on “Spreading the joy of Christmas: Part One

  1. John,

    As I said in my comment to your post announcing this trip, this is truly living out the gospel. Your family is, unfortunately, special (I say that because this is how we should all be living!). I am sure God has blessed you all richly for this trip and all the other things you do, and it certainly looks as if your work has blessed others.

  2. It’s very humbling to look at these pictures and to imagine the life these people are living. I am praying for you, but especially for those who are forced to live like this. Thanks for sharing! God bless you and your family! 🙂

  3. May God richly bless you and your family as you faithful preach the good news of our glorious Savior. Thank you for your willingness to be sent!

    “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Rom. 10:14-15

    JD

  4. Thank you my dear freinds, for you prayers and wishes. I am looking forward to having a great year ahread, to help and be a blessing for a lot of folks who still has to experience the love of Christ. I ask you to join hands with me in prayer. God bless you all. i’ll be posting soon.

  5. How I wish I could work with you! Thank you for your work and for sharing with us! God bless you, and God bless every one of these less fortunate. It breaks my heart that people actually live like this. I see nothing of this in the mainstream media. Where is the humanitarian help of the UN? Do you have a ‘paypal’ button so that we can contribute? I am an American woman, I doubt I would be very well received in Pakistan to share the gospel. Maybe I would, but I am not really able to, but I can give a little every month. Do you know how much 20.00 in USD is worth in Pakistan? Thank you, again David for all you are doing!

    1. Hi sue,

      God bless you for your wellwishes and your care, they certainly mean a lot.

      I don’t have a PAYPAL because paypal does not operate it pakistan. I appreciate your heart to help and pray that god bless you abundantly.

      Preachers from America come here, if you ever do plan a visit, let me know.

      You can send money or clothes or bibles. You can tranfer the money thorugh money traders like the Western Union. Though I am not sure but I beleive they require you have a minimum amount, like $50.00 at least to send, I think you will have to check that from your closest western union in america.

      If nothing works, please pray for us and these people and you can always tell other people who may be able to help too.

      I am sorry to be posting a late reply but i have two jobs so it becomes a bit difficult at times.

      If you wish to discuss something, please email me on sono1.david [at] gmail [dot] com

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