Helping with a Smile
Originally posted at: http://samsusa.org/2018/12/03/helping-with-a-smile/
The following comes from SAMS Missionary Amanda Scott serving in Honduras:
Hondurans are clear about from whom all blessings flow. The last team of 2018 came at the end of October. In addition to all the other usual activities, they decided they wanted to build a house in a day for Ernestina, a tiny, homeless, elderly woman in San Buenaventura. The mayor had given her a minuscule bit of land way down a dirt road in the mountains behind the Children’s Home. The only way to get the materials to the site was to carry them down and back up a ravine. I was standing in the woods monitoring the progress when another woman appeared, arms full of wood that she had gathered for her wood burning stove. Eva, too, is impoverished but slightly better off than Ernestina. She put down her machete and wood and smiled broadly at me. “I am so thankful the Lord is helping Ernestina! Thank you for letting Him use you to bring this miracle to her.” Eva knows where that house came from. We were thankful to be part of Ernestina’s miracle.
The team realized Ernestina didn’t have a mattress so they gave me the money to buy her one. I asked Angel, our singing construction worker, if he could help. No problem! I gave him the money and the next day, he recruited a friend with a pickup truck. They went into town, bought the mattress, and then hauled the mattress and box springs to Ernestina’s new house. Again, because that is what they do. If they can help, they do…with a smile.