Living in a Home of Plastic and Leaves
By Ken Hulme
The 700 Club
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CBN.com —For the past two years, Maria and her children have lived in a house made of plastic sheets and a roof made of leaves. Inside are two small beds and little room for anything else. When it’s not raining, Maria sleeps on the floor, so her children will be more comfortable.
“I love my children very much,” Maria told us. “I would do anything for them.”
When it rains, water pours through the leaky roof.
Maria’s daughter Ruth said getting wet isn’t the only issue.
“When it rains it usually gets cold too and the wind blows and whips through the plastic on the walls.”
Maria supports her family by cutting weeds and grass for others using a machete. On a day when she can find work, she makes about $5. But work days have been scarce and sometimes she has to work far from home.
Five-year-old Gabriel says he doesn’t like that.
“I am afraid that someone will come into our house because we don’t have a door.”
So CBN's Operation Blessing built Maria and the children a new, sturdy house made of wood with a roof that doesn’t leak. .
“I am so happy,” said Maria. “Now when it rains we won’t get wet! I’m excited to have my new house.”
Finally the moment arrived when we gave Maria the key, and she went into her new home with a door and a window that lock!
“This house is a gift from God for having faith in Him,” she said.
Next we brought Maria new mattresses to sleep on and everything she needed to start a small café right outside her new home. With regular income, Maria is able to stay home and everyone is feeling a lot more secure.
“It’s a blessing for me to have a good house, my own business and new mattresses for my kids,” said the grateful mother.
"Thanks Operation Blessing for helping my mommy,” added Ruth.
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