Thursday, December 3, 2009

car wash

Four neighbor kids came to the gate the other day looking for work.
"Wash your car?"
"How much?" Mark asked.
"20 pesos."
Hmmm, the equivalent of 10 cents a child. I think we can afford that. We're all for people wanting to work for pay instead of expecting a handout.

Mark provided them with a hose, a bucket of soapy water, and a couple of rags, and they began work.

45 minutes later they were still hard at it, going over and over that sun-blistered paint, scrubbing the wheels and the plates, polishing mirrors, and sweeping the extra water into the drain with a twig broom. They worked well together, laughing and talking quietly, (and occasionally peeking in the window!). Amazing work ethic.

We think they would have stayed all afternoon, but we finally went out and paid them, gave them a snack, and sent them on their way.

"I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted
And justice for the poor."
Psalm 140:12


Carl G. said...

Amen. We're reading "the Hole in Our Gospel" by Rich Stearns, president of World Vision. Amazing how I've so willingly ignored the core theme of justice for the disenfranchised.

us5 said...

It's definitely a thing much easier to ignore in a wealthy country. Mark read Stearn's book recently. We need much wisdom.