I don't want to take a human being's story lightly. People have allowed me into a corner of their lives and trusted me with their privacy and their story. They have revealed their situations to me in all of it's weaknesses and struggle. They have allowed me to see their plight and to see how much they mirror mothers and children the world over. In 2 short weeks I came to love and respect the Philippine people and their honesty. They don't pretend (well the kids still all seem to do silly poses...). But their genuine humanity is striking. They are real in a way that Americans have forgotten how to be. No pretense, no excuses.
Meet Maryann and her three little girls (Mary Joy, 7, Mary Grace, 4 and Eselmi, 2) who participate in Please Pass the Bread's feeding program at a relocation site called Ecoville. This family and hundreds of others have been relocated out of the dangerous Payatas Garbage Dump. For most of her married life, Maryann lived in a slum surrounded by trash. When a ministry program offered to help relocate them to Ecoville, she saw her chance at a better life for her girls and took it. They have lived here since November in a home that offers reasonable rent through a relocation foundation (about $4.50/ month), relative safety and far improved health conditions. Here home is 7x15 foot rectangle that serves as kitchen, dining and sleeping space. She has made it homey, orderly and functional. Maryann depends on the PPTB feeding program to provide meals for her girls that she would not be able to pay for otherwise. She has watched their health improve and loves to see them learning memory verses and Bible songs.
Maryann told me that she has so much to be grateful for, God has given her a dream life and a new start that she never deserved. When the world was satisfied with her life amid the trash, she met people that valued her and her children and said they deserve better. She met a God through these people (mirrored in their lives) that said you are loved and precious. And throughthe feeding program at Please Pass the Bread this family has found Life. One look into Maryann's eyes and you can see she knows her value with the King and her heart is His.