A little strength

“You won’t need that many, this is enough.” This is not something you usually hear from a salesperson, but my customers often hear it from me regarding plants that they are about to purchase. Sometimes, all you need is a little bit and it grows into a lot more!

The strawberry plants that have spread out to cover much of our yard are a prime example. Five little plants from a sweet lady at a local church have turned into a never-ending supply of strawberry plants for dozens of my friends and relatives. We even get a few strawberries when we are diligent about picking them before the birds do! 

Several times, I have decided that the trouble of picking them wasn’t worth it, so I’ve given them “all” away. Of course, there were always one or two baby plants that didn’t get dug out, and now (again) we have hundreds.  Continue reading “A little strength”

Wang and I — Helping one another

Wang, a Chinese woman from Nanning, was surprised when a bus seat was offered her, with smiles from everyone around her. Someone finally showed her the note taped to her back: “Please take care of this pregnant lady.”

Wang recognized the handwriting of her husband, who must have stuck it to her back before she left home.

We in Christ show the same care for one another. We seek to ease the burdens of those weighed down by their cares and struggles. Continue reading “Wang and I — Helping one another”

Whose burden are you carrying?

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV).

The rickshaw van is one of the most common vehicles in South Asia. They are pedal-driven utility carts, tricycle style, with essentially a small flat-bed mounted above bicycle wheels behind the driver’s seat. They are often used for carrying people, but their real purpose is to transport cargo. Almost everything from cows to refrigerators to high stacks of farm produce can be seen regularly on them.

Rickshaw and van “pullers” (as they are called here; a term dating back to when such vehicles were not pedaled but were pulled by poles extending from the front of the bed – such pulled rickshaws are still used in Kolkata, India) are among the poorest workers in Asia. They rarely own their own equipment but pay daily rent. Their salary comes from whatever surplus they can earn that day. Continue reading “Whose burden are you carrying?”