Impessions of the Chennai slum
On arrival we went to walk around the area the children who are being sponsored come from with Kevin the pastor (by the way Kevin is amazing, he and his wife feed over 250 children each day).
I was shocked to see the living conditions they were horrendious. Very soon I found tears in my eyes, it was so emotional. People really should not live like this… this just should not be happening to anyone.
Too many people living in too smaller space. One room per family (minimum 4 upwards). Rooms without beds and the children and elderly alike sleeping on concrete floors with roofs made out of asbestos. The homes are health hazzards. I met one 80 plus year old with no family to support her living in unspeakable conditions. I cried… I could not bare it… I had to walk away. I felt so helpless. How can we do this to people?
I am struggling to get my head around the issues and don’t feel I am coping well. I feel we need more love and compassion in our lives towards one another. To reach out and help those in need wherever they are. I believe we all belong to the same father in heaven no matter what colour, race or creed. We are all His children. With God there is no different levels of human beings. He loves us all the same.
I have met, in the last few days, children who are just amazing. They have nothing but are happy. They live in cramped conditions yet are clean and polite. To be honest most pets in the UK get treated better than these children (they have more clothes and toys). It’s just disgusting, it’s wrong, the world has gone mad.
In the midst of this, God has placed His people in the centre of the slum to provide a safe place for the children and their families to come. Children are fed taking some of the burden off the parents who are in many cases struggling, earning less then three pounds per day. Many of them keep talking about how God is helping them. Their faith is amazing. It has quite blown me away.
It seems to me, the more you have the more you lose yourself and God. I think we probably run after the wrong things. These people who have nothing just seem to have Jesus shining in their lives.
(That’s Clarissa in the photo above with the lads!)