The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few…Luke 10:2
Based on a true story…
There was once 2 moms who were friends. They were “squatters”, which was a term coined to poor people who lived in the slums.
In order to find money for food, both moms would go through the mountain of putrid garbage to look for plastic bottles for recycling. They need to collect 80 pounds of plastic in order to earn 80 cents. 80 cents would be enough to feed one family member a day. So in order to feed the entire family, they would need to collect more than 80 pounds of plastic bottles.
One of the moms would always bring her infant, Raymond, along with her. However, one day, Raymond wasn’t present with his mom. The other mom got concerned and later on searched for him. She found him in a garbage dump crying. Raymond was left to die. The other mother felt pity for him and took him even though she had 7 children of her own.
In her diocese, they have a Feeding Center established by The Risen Savior Missions. The Feeding Center serves children who are malnourished. Raymond was taken into the program and in 6 weeks, he looked like a different child.
Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:10
This was one of the stories I heard from Gerald “Jerry” Krosnowsky, founder of Risen Savior Missions. As I listened to him, I was holding Gracie. She was sleeping contentedly with me. I realized how tiny my problems are compared to the moms who lived in the slums. And how blessed we are.
You see, he said it only takes $10 to feed one of their children in a year. About the price of 2 Starbucks. Now Gracie drinks Similac Alimentum because she has MSPI (Milk Soy Protein Intolerance). One Similac Alimentum costs anywhere between $22 – $25. In a month, she would consume at least 4 cans of those.
So we spend about $100 at least on her special milk alone. In a year, that’s $1200. That same amount would’ve fed 120 malnourished children in the Philippines.
You can’t tell a man about the love of God if he has an empty stomach! – William Booth.
Once a child is added to the feeding program, the child is dewormed and fed. And when the child is stable, they start teaching him about God’s love.
Now the average malnutrition rate in the Philippines is 25%. In the Island of Marinduque Risen Savior Missions has been able to decrease the malnutrition rate to 4%!
And that’s almost comparable to the malnutrition rate in the U.S. Now people can no longer say ending hunger and malnutrition is an impossible dream. The goal has been achieved in one of the diocese. It’s not an impossible mission.
And that’s why Risen Savior Mission was recently endorsed by the Archbishop of Manila.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:35-36
Jerry recalled one time as he was feeding one of the children, he realized he was feeding Jesus. And he also stated being a missionary is a privilege. It’s a privilege because God is allowing us to feed Him through our poor brothers and sisters.
It’s an encounter with the child Jesus.
2000 years ago, 3 magi came and searched for the child Jesus. 2000 years later, wise men still do.