Wednesday, October 29, 2008


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


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the donG said...

wow! what a good experience! it's good to know that generosity is still being valued in that area.

Nanaybelen said...

I am touched

Susan said...

How sad that a government can be so bullying to a needy person. I am glad there are caring people who are helping him.

Your hail picture was interesting! We get hail here too - it sometimes is as big as baseballs! We all make sure we get ourselves and our fragile goods under cover when we know something like that is coming.

I agree, the Lord's Word is a lamp unto our feet, if only we will read it and allow it to illuminate our lives.

Jeanine said...

How sad for that man. How wonderful that we can see the work of God being done through generous and caring people. I hope this issue gets resolved soon for him.

Nicole said...

Wow. What a story!

I'll have to ask my parents if they heard about it. I'm originally from the Belleville area (in between Ann Arbor and Detroit).


Glad that person get helped.
In china we are always neighbor help neighbor.
Keep it up.