Take a moment and imagine if you had to make the choice between feeding your baby or having a roof over your head.
How could a mother possibly choose between shelter or feeding her baby?
Well for one mother who faced job loss due to COVID-19 – she experienced this very situation and knew only the wisdom and grace of God could help her decide what to do.
Mai was a single mother as her husband had abandoned her.
At first she was doing okay and able to provide for her baby until COVID-19 caused the factory she worked at to close.
To survive, she did a few odd jobs which allowed her to keep a roof over her head – but then she had no money left for food, according to CBN.
Mai recalls through tears some days she’d only have rice and a bit of salt to feed her starving baby, and the guilt overwhelmed her.
Things got even worse, and some days all she had was water to feed her baby.
In a moment of desperation and despair, she cried out to God in the midst of her pain.
“For two days, my son and I had nothing but water to drink,” she said. “He cried because he was so hungry. As a mother, it broke my heart. I hugged him and thought, ‘If we die, we die together. If we survive, we survive together.’ I prayed that God would not let us starve to death. I asked Him to send someone to help us.”
So many people would have cursed God or turned to illegal means in order to survive.
But not Mai.
She followed God’s word and cried out to Him for help.
Not long after Mai’s prayer, God answered the cries of her heart in the most incredible way!
Operation Blessing is a non-profit humanitarian organization committed to alleviating human suffering by showing God’s love to those in the United States and around the world.
And when they heard of Mai’s story, they quickly responded.
Through Operation Blessing, Mai’s rent was paid in full for the next two months and they brought immediate relief to her hunger by supplying healthy food.
But they didn’t stop there.
Knowing Mai was a talented seamstress, Operation Blessing offered her a job sewing masks!
Mai’s life dramatically changed all because followers of Jesus were living out Christ’s commandment to help those in need.
Being given a second chance at life, Mai was overcome with gratitude and relief.
“I am so happy!” she said with a smile. “It’s like I died and came back to life! My son and I would have been forced to live on the streets and starve. God has given us a new life through your kindness. Thank you for loving me and my son!”
This beautiful story is an example of what can happen when believers gather together to care for the least of these.
May we never underestimate the power we have to change someone’s life for the better and provide tangible needs in the moment, ultimately pointing them to God as the source for all gifts.
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