A decade ago I had the privilege of spending a life-changing week in the garbage dumps of Mexico City. For me, it was a growth experience. For the children we were offering eye and medical exams to, it was life. Finding food and items that can be sold for food amidst the garbage others throw away is a reality for the poor in many parts of the world. And it’s the reality that orphans without care in those places must navigate alone.
Seraphina was awake. She lay there staring at the makeshift cardboard roof of their tent, and her mind began to spin. “Is that rain again?” She pictured how muddy the dump would be. “What will I find for us to eat today? Jesus, can you hear me? Do you see us? Have you forgotten us?” ‘Us’ meant Seraphina and her five-year-old twin sisters. ‘Us’ used to include their mother, but on another rainy day a couple of years ago, not long after Seraphina’s seventh birthday, she left for her job in the rice fields and never came back. Seraphina once worried about her a lot, but not much anymore. She had other things to worry about now.
When I read that recently, I was taken back to my experience in the dumps of Mexico City and the children I met who were making their way in life with garbage. Today, I want us to pray about this piece of what is true about God:
He lifts the poor from the dust
and the needy from the garbage dump.
He sets them among princes,
even the princes of his own people! – Psalm 113:7-8.
Prayer: Father, you are good. You lift the poor from the dumps and set them among the princes of your people. God, we ask for your providence for orphans making their way in poverty, especially those living off what we throw away. Jesus, forgive us when we consume more than we need, when we waste and when we aren’t grateful for all that we have. Father we pray for all those working to offer care for orphans in poverty. We pray for Back2Back and other ministries like them. Meet their needs, encourage them, and give them strength. Call more people into this work. God, let your kingdom come in every garbage dump where orphans live. In Jesus’ name, Amen.