Don Bosco – Jesus is LORD
This year we have been focusing on a new slum area, a place to take Jesus and start a church and ministry. The place is called Don Bosco, and Jesus loves it.
We have been going house to house and building to building, praying for the sick, sharing the good news of Jesus (it’s only GOOD NEWS if you share it) and we have been getting great responses, seeing some incredible miracles. Jesus really is Lord of ALL.
Most of my posts have focused on the horror of the slum, the depravity and the hopelessness, but this post focuses on the “world of Don Bosco”, our new home in Christ.
As with any place that has people, there must be some form of economy, some form of buy and sell, give and take and Don Bosco is it’s own little world. Within Don Bosco there are little restaurants, barber shops, bakeries, butchers, toy stores, stationary stores, a market, food stores and all of the things needed for life, you can even buy gold fish…and soon it’s going to have a church, put there by Jesus and John 14:12.
Today was such a good day in there, sharing Jesus, “being” Jesus. We got to preach and heal the sick, we got to bless a lady for whom today was her birthday.
I met a young lady named Emma, she has lived there for 8 years, she has 5 children and she, and her hubby work reselling soft plastic. I spent some time chatting with her, she was lovely, just a person. They have to pay 100p to get these large sacks of plastic, which they must then sort and wash, earning 20p per kilo (there’s alot of plastic needed for it to weigh 1kg).
They must pay the 100p to get any amount of plastic. In the pics, Emma has a huge sack of plastic, about 20kgs, that cost her 100p. Once she is finished with it, she will resell it and earn 400p (300p profit) and it will take them 1 whole day to sort and wash it…but sometimes the sack only has 5-10kgs of plastic in it, but it still costs them 100p to get it. Tough life.
I am absolutely convinced that poverty is an extremely well run and maintained business around the globe. The first world cries out against slave labour, but it there was no slave labour how much do you think those NIKES would cost you…
Emmas plastic all came from a well known, but un-named retail outlet. Emma buys it from them, sorts it and passes it on to other people who sell it back to the retailer as “NEW” product…poverty is very well set up and managed.
Our aim in Don Bosco was to be running organised bible studies by the end of the year, but we have started bible studies now. Guess Jesus was not interested in our timeline.
Manny, our local leader heading up Don Bosco, started out by taking a team there twice a week, but he now needs to be there multiple times a week now, as the ministry is growing at a pretty good pace.
By the end of the year we will have a great church there.