I was casually scrolling through Facebook the other day when I saw this post from my friend (and Otis’s hair stylist), Marilyn:
I am not going to lie, normally I scroll right past these kinds of things because it hurts too much to look. It hurts to know about all of the horrible things going on in the world that I have no control over.
But I stopped and I watched the video. You can watch it here.
They are speaking Tagalog (or another dialect from the Philippines, I don’t even know), so I don’t know what they are saying, but when it’s about 10 seconds in and the mom starts crying? And that look of helplessness on her face? Because her 5 year old daughter, Jandy, is in pain from 3rd degree burns and she doesn’t have any resources to make any of it go away? My heart broke.
I joke on here about being a “Poor Mom.” But the reality is that I’m far from poor. If something happens to us we have options, we have resources.
Jandy’s mom? She doesn’t have options or resources.
See, on January 15th Jandy’s mom was cooking fishballs that she would sell on the streets of the Philippines. She was simply doing what she needed to do to make ends meet, to take care of Jandy. Then Jandy grabbed the boiling oil from the pan and it spilled all over her and now she has 3rd degree burns. For more than a month she has been confined to a hospital in Dagupan City. She is on pain medication, and she hasn’t been able to have any surgery that might make her feel better. The family can’t keep up with the bills they’ve incurred, much less an expensive surgery.
But maybe we could change that.
I’m praying that God sees her. I’m praying that God reveals how absolutely huge He is to Jandy’s mom. That He is a God that can and will. That He loves her in a way that will absolutely blow her mind. I’m praying for them to be flooded with resources that will make Jandy’s surgery and healing a reality. I’m praying for a miracle because I believe in His power.
Of course, faith without action is useless, right? Right.
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
Here is where ‘we’, the Body of Christ, come in. I set up a Go Fund Me page for Jandy. I have no clue what amount is needed to make the surgery a reality, but I’m starting at $1,000 because why not?
Also, before you let yourself believe that a small donation can’t make a difference I was thinking what if we made this ONLY small donations. What if we ALL just commit to $5 for Jandy since she’s 5 years old? I mean if God can feed thousands with a fish and a loaf of bread, what can He do with $5 and a Facebook share?
But more than anything, let’s let this mom and her daughter know that we see you from all the way on the other side of the world. And even though you are feeling alone and forgotten and helpless, we want you to know you matter and you are loved.