As if my last blog post wasn’t complex enough…
A couple of days ago I wrote a blog entry talking about some of the complexities of poverty. My plan was today to write on a different topic – maybe a bit more light hearted, thought provoking or devotional in nature.
But, then I walked to the Day Care and was faced with one of those situations that can only be solved through prayer for a direct intervention of God. Complex does not even start to explain this one away. I share it because it fits so closely with the previous blog.
Here is the situation.
We have a mom and her son in the project. I am going to refer to them as Senayit and her son Tamerat. They have been with us since the beginning. Tamerat is 3 years old and making light speed progress on all levels. Senayit came to us as a mom who was totally shut off from the outside world, depressed and untrusting. Her husband had left her, totally abandoning her and her young son to chase after a life that he felt had more promise. He never filed for divorce, but rather he just stopped showing up. He has never sent any form of support. He has never cared or been concerned.
Until a couple of weeks ago.
Dad heard through the grapevine that Senayit was now working and that there were people working alongside her. He decided he was going to show up and cash in. He didn’t just want a piece of the $36 USD she was now making per month.
He wanted all of it.
In this kind of situation, Senayit is powerless. She cannot seek a divorce. She must listen to him when he returns. So, he showed up at the door and started to demand money. She tried to resist him, yet the scene he caused in the neighborhood left only one possible outcome – permit him into the home.
Now, Dad is coming and going from the home. He shows up long enough to demand money from Senayit, which he then goes to the bar with and stays all day and into the night drinking away. She works. He drinks. She is watching her hard earned money being drank away by this man who never cared…until he learned that there might be something for him. She was starting to dig her way out…now he is helping her to dig a deeper hole.
And, if history repeats itself, when the going gets tough again and the money dries up, he’ll be gone once again.
As you can imagine, this is a complex situation – and one that our staff has to handle delicately. Please pray for wisdom – and for a mighty move of God. Pray that this man could come to grips with the wake of destruction that he has left in the past and is repeating in the present. Please pray for Senayit as she is caught powerlessly in the middle. Please pray for little Tamerat – a truly innocent bystander who shouts “Daddy” in Amharic at every man he sees in the center. And, please pray for our staff – as we try to see what God wants to do in this situation and partner with Him in it.
Fortunately, we know that we serve a Master who is in the process of making all things new. The Redeemer can redeem this too! We are a people with great hope…and that’s Good News!