This morning, as I was having my breakfast and reading The Saginaw News, an article caught my attention. It was about a male U.S. Citizen of 47 years old, has rented a house ($495.00 a month) in Saginaw, Michigan, for the past three years. The house he was renting was on sale for nonpayment of taxes. He says that no one notified or evicted him and so he argued that he is still a legal tenant. He still pays the power bill, but two months ago, the city shut the water supply off.
Every early morning, through the kindness of the auto sales owner, he would drag a 200-foot garden hose across a three-lane street from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to get water he needs to drink, bathe or wash clothes . They do that at that hour because there's less traffic. Still, when the car hits the hose, it stops the water flow for a minute.
The man wish to move if he could afford it. He can't hold steady employment because he had knee surgeries. He was an auto mechanic, and he still finds partial employment with some garage that sporadically hire him for a day or more-- or if it's a good day for his knee.
He put out a sign saying he needs water. The response has been amazing. Fifty to sixty people have donated water, from bottled water to two-gallon containers.
This act of old-fashioned "neighbors-helping-neighbors" is rare in this generation. And it reminds me of this bible verse;
"And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water... I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." Matthew 10:42 NIV