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Every day after school,Luisa Lorena Arita, 10,


Rocky Manuel Arita, 7, and 12-year-old Lillian Jaquelina Arita accompany their father in the search for scraps to sell. They come here every day except for the day when the water trucks come to the village.


“I can get enough to feed my family rice and


beans, and sometimes it’s enough for milk for the little ones here,” Jose said.


The stench of the garbage, combined with the heat


and the dangers of working in the bacteria-laden piles of trash, does not shake his faith. “I am a Christian, and I pray for God’s blessing every day. I ask God for strength to help my family and for more spiritual growth.”


Though his life is hard, Jose has faith in God’s


promise. He is materially poor, but spiritually rich. “Scripture tells us we will all go through hard times,


God didn’t promise us that we’d be rich, only in spirit, and that’s where it counts. Living like this, having to dig in garbage does not shake my faith, because although I have to come to the dump, my Lord and Savior is still


and always, Jesus Christ. I love the Lord, and when I get the chance to share the Gospel with others here in the dump, that’s a blessing from God.”


It was through the generosity of our donors that


Jose and his family received a new Food For The Poor house. This deeply religious man feared for his children’s safety in the frail shelter they once called home. Thanks to compassionate people who cared about his plight, the prayers of Jose’s family were answered.


“I have seen some marvelous things through the


hand of God. The biggest change in my life is we have a better environment. The children told me they feel safer and I feel happy,” he said.


His daughter Lillian added, “In our


old house I felt scared. I feel really happy now to have a roof over my head and a happy community that I want to become a part of.”f


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