I didn’t take pictures. It just seemed wrong. On Christmas Day — not only did I preach to 1500 villagers, counting men, women and children — but you (Calvary) helped to feed them. From dollars that you gave we we were able to give a meal and the rice for two more meals to everyone who attended. (In fact that was probably the main reason they came, since my preaching is not really a huge draw in Myanmar!)
They received a box of cooked rice with 2-3 small pieces of meat — the meat was a luxury — and a small piece of bread. They also received a bag — maybe a pound — of rice for future meals.
I watched them stand in line waiting for their free food. (Those were the pictures I didn’t take.)
Actually I watched them push and shove and knock elderly people and small children to the ground as they were waiting for free food.
At first it disappointed me, then I remembered that they were hungry and I realized that they were afraid that the food would run out.
At first it disappointed me, then I remembered our Walmart Black Friday story. One thousand plus people standing in line to get a good deal on a high definition flat screen tv, stampeding through the doors, trampeling and killing a temporary employee.
We push and shove and stampede for a $200 discount on a hd tv. They push and shove and stamped for food. I’m still disappointed…that those people are so hungry and so worried that the food will run out. But I am so thankful that Calvary gave and continues to give. I didn’t take pictures, it just seemed wrong, but the picture is stark in my mind. I pray that the day will come when Americans won’t stampede for tv’s and Burmese won’t have to stampede for food.