(This is another in a series of snapshots, designed to help you count your blessings for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday, from here on “The Other Side of Paradise” in Belize.)
In the photo:
This is a hard way to making a living for a single mother of four who nets a few dollars a day selling hard candy, little bags of chips and flavored ice chips from a push cart.
And by the way–in the culture of poverty here, if you offered to push the cart up the hill for her, or offered her money out of charitable generosity, she would look down at the ground–daring not to make eye contact with you–because she would feel “shamed” by you.
Well-meaning Christians and churches from prosperous countries really need to know the cultures they venture into to help people in mission trips. Some never get that, and go barging into countries doing more harm than good.
The same could be said of those who go into poor or ethnic neighborhoods in their own, local cities and towns to “save souls” and do good works, without getting to know the local ways, the culture or the unique struggles of the people who live there, and first listening to what people truly want and need, not what you may think they want or need based on your life experience, upbringing or culture.
But the point of the picture is that, considering how hard it is just to survive by working hard in so many places in the world–including the U.S., of course–what are you thankful for this week?