Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Second Full Day

Second full day of the India clinic.

We are feeling very privileged today and thankful.

The team, some very significantly, have devoted themselves to helping the poor in our own city of Corinth, but all of us admit... this is different. We’ve really seen humanity in a way that has deepened us and expanded out hearts.

A Cambodian friend once told me, “Bobby, America is the only country where poor people are fat”. They are not fat here.... they are malnourished, many starving, and yet Hopegivers continues to rescue them, feed them, care for them.

Of course it’s with our help and many others. But then these kids grow up and are educated and go out into the villages of their own country and begin to rescue the children who were once like them.... and the cycle starts over. What a privilege to help them.

Americans live in lavish wealth. Even as our community of Corinth is planning to open a home for single mothers, sponsored by many on this trip, we fully know that the people we help (who make about $750/mo) are in the upper 15% of the richest people in the world. In America it is the very rich helping the rich. Not so here in India and many other countries around the world. What a privilege to share the riches of America to the poor Christians around the world so they too can fulfill their God-given missions.

We are so thankful for your prayers and your support.
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6 - read/write comments:

Julianne Capps said...


Pat Tucker said...

What a privilege it is to be associated with such an awesome group of Christians. You guys are getting a world class education in true poverty and need. Dr. Thomas must be a true saint. You guys are all on my A list! I am so blessed to call you my friends.

Donald Vinson said...

Many people have little sympathy for the poor and needy in their community, this county or the world..I've heard people say that people who are poor and in need are lazy and irresponsible.I personally been told by people that a person like myself shouldn't be in the situation I'm in and there's nothing they can do to help because their not set up to help people like me. I can tell you fom personal experience anyone who thinks that being a person that is truly poor and in need is happy to be in that situation all I can say is come on in and live it..I can tell you from September 2003 until April of 2009, I lived day by day not knowing how was I going to pay the rent, utlities, Doctors, medicines, food and etc. I tell you I learned to never throw away old phone books, they do come in handy. But enough about me..I guess what I'm trying to say is some people are scared when they see or hear about other people helping others who are poor and in need if here or in India. I think it actually makes them realize that there are people who do need help and it this could be them or a member of their family, at the drop of a hat and I think this scares them. So I guess they find it easier to take a blind eye and attack the people in need and the people who help those in need. I don't know why the Lord lets things happen like He does but I for one am a better person because of it.My eyes have been opened to a lot over the past 6 years..The greatest thing that came out of all it is I reestablished my relationship with the Lord and have Bobby Capps and Tommy Wilson for that...I also thank Bobby, all my family at Crosswind and Tommy and Marea Wilson, my family at Living Free for all they've done for me. I guess we need to ask the Lord to help change the attitude of some people from contempt to compassion..In closing I'm thankful that more and more churches, orgazations, and people are reaching out into their commnities and even the world to help those in need..I thank Bobby and everyone that's with him in India for what they are doing and I pray for their save return. I do want to say in closing that I thank the Lord everyday for the many friends, organzations, Churches and people that I never had met in my life who helped me during my time of need..I hate to think what would of happened to me or anyone else who is in need, if eveyone had the mind set of the people who posted the anonymous comments because I would dare to say that they are the same people who have negative things to say about the poor and needy in Alcorn County. I guess all we can do is pray that the Lord will change their hearts. Well I've rambled enough today.. I HOPE EVERYONE JOINS ME IN PRAYER FOR BOBBY AND THE TEAM IN INDIA TO KEEP THEM SAFE WHILE THERE AND FOR A SAFE RETURN HOME.. I do have to say that I miss having Bobby Capps around...Somedays when I'm down it's just brightens my day to talk to Bobby cause he always got something on the burner.

Donald Vinson said...

I just got off the phone with a very dear friend who told me that it sounded like I was judging the people who made the anonymous comments, in my comment this morning. It was not my intention, I was trying to make the point that the person(s)that made the comments, made them because they were scared that it could be them someday that may be the one in need as well as anyone else..I'm SORRY if I've offended anyone and it was never my intention to judge anyone...

Ronda Windham said...

"I thank my God everytime I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:3-6

So proud of the work you all are doing and so proud to call you all my friends. We miss you and continue pray for your safety and your ability to share the love of Christ through the work you are doing.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say, I am one of the many folks that made the long journey to india this week. i have heard the good comments, and we all appreciate those of you supporting us. But then i hear the bad, like the ones saying we should be doing work in our own "community." So with that, I'll say this. The group I was with on this trip could not have been better. We quickly became from not knowing each other, to family. We supported each other, took care of each other when a few got sick, and we all watched out for each other while traveling. As far as the work that should be done in our community, i would like to ask why she or he thinks its not being done? I won't name names, but I know one person donated land for the emergency childrens shelter, which the state shut down. I know another who is currently working on a habitat for humanity house in corinth for a family who can't afford a home. I know that a few are trying to get a place up and running in our town where single mothers can get back on their feet. Then there are the ones of us who have voluntered our time at food banks, fund raisers for house fire victims, Lebonhuer and St. Jude childrens hospitals to help provide treatments for America's children. So before you speak, you should know the facts. Nothing is wrong with going to help these children if India if that is what God has called us to do. I am very proud and honored that I had the opporunity to travel and do this work with such a wonderful group of Christian people i now consider my family. Its saddens me that all you have to do is critize instead of praising the Lord that we were at least maybe to change even one childs life. Maybe next time you should go and see the children's eyes and hungry tummys for yourselves and you won't be so quick to judge.

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