This used to be a home for 6 people……until a young girl, trying to make their home more pleasant, caused an accidental fire.
Let me tell you about it. First thing in the morning, someone in the Bisaya family must fetch water from the community watering hole. It is a steep, long hike so it’s better for two people to go.
On the day of the fire, the mother and a strong son left early so the family could cook rice and have drinking and washing water. A farm laborer, the father had left before daylight.
Ronalyn, who is deaf, stayed home to watch the baby twins. Using stiff reeds, she swept the black ants that had invaded their hut out the door. Then she scooped a live ember from their outdoor fire toward the ants.
Instead of burning up the biting ants, it rolled into the banana leaf wall of their hut and sparked. Bare footed, Ronalyn grabbed a stick to beat out the fire. Sparks flew and the fire spread.
Frightened, Ronalyn grabbed her twin sisters and fled to the water path. Frantically, she waved her hands for help but no one saw her. She screamed but no one responded, partly because she has never heard words and couldn’t make recognizable words.
When the brother happened to look back, he saw smoke rising from their hut. He and his mom ran, but it was too late. No amount of dirt could stop the fire. In the end, only charred poles remained.
What a disaster. Even before the fire, the family barely had enough to survive. Now they have the clothes on their backs, their water buckets, and little else.
Helping them would take so little. A house, with a real floor, would only cost about three thousand dollars. What a Christmas gift it would be!
In the picture above, you can see what they are living in right now. Their neighbors and family shared their rice and loaned them some tarps, mats, grass roofing, etc. However, their shelter is only TEMPORARY,..because everything came from friends’ essentials, not their abundances, and must be returned as soon as possible.
The Bisaya family is in trouble.
Would you consider joining with us to help them? With our financial support, their own labor, and the expertise of local builders, they could have a better and SAFER home than before.
Year-end is also the time when we need to build some reserves for the coming year. We don’t know the challenges the Lord has in store for Fruit Bearers in 2014. Based on past experience, we will find many people, like the Bisaya family, in desperate need.
As you think about your year-end giving, I hope you will remember Fruit Bearers. You can give on-line at www.fruitbearersministries.com.
Thanks so much and please have a good Christmas and a great 2014.