Margie Randall, UBA Missionary to the City
Yesterday was Mother's day in Nepal and most of the women at St. Cloud apartments did not have the opportunity to spend it with their mothers. Either their mothers are dead are still in Nepal or in another state or country. In their culture they generally live with their mother in law. I asked a few women how they celebrate mother's day in the camp and they said they would fix a meal for their mom. (sounds good to me) Ha!
We were busy yesterday and served about 25 women with baby diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, toothbrushes etc.and shoes and clothes. Those coming for assistance were truly in need and the numbers have doubled. It is not that the ladies don't want to work, it is that there is no affordable child care for them and they will be working minimum wage jobs.
One of the Bhutanese ladies that I have known about 3 years asked me to come to her apartment at 3 pm. When I arrived she had prepared some special dishes of beans rice, and potatoes. She explained that her mother was dead and that her mother in law was in another state and she wanted to celebrate mother's day with me. I was honored and humbled when she handed me a bouquet of beautiful red roses that she had purchased from Fiesta. Why do those who have the least give so generously, I thought. As I sat and ate and we chatted, I asked how the donations helped her. She said her husband brings home barely enough to survive. without the help of diapers, she would not be able to afford them and she tries to stretch what we give her. She said they have $200 per month in food stamps and spend $80 per week on food.
I thank God for those who give and allow me to give to the "least of these".