Progress comes at a cost, right? I have to admit that its harder to swallow when it hits close to home.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for good roads, great restaurants and nice places to shop. But, when the woman’s shack beside our house got bulldozed 2 weeks ago, I got mad.
Between our house and the garbage dump was a wonderful field. It was a beautiful landscape filled with 15 foot high hay mounds, drying dung patties and grazing cattle. Well, at least it was beautiful until the bright yellow Cat bulldozer showed up 2 weeks ago.
We noticed on Tuesday a flurry of activity as hay mounds were moved by hand, cattle were evacuated and dung patties were collected in what looked like fast forward speed. By Wednesday we watched our neighbor’s tin shack begin to be dismantled one sheet of tin and one log at a time.
By that afternoon the bulldozer started plowing. At times this huge machine was pushing dirt onto the feet of women who were still trying to move dung patties out of the way before the dozer took them. This bulldozer was stopping for nothing – not even human life.
Why was the dozer there? It was clearing a spot for tin homes for 350 people who are being resettled beside our house. It seems that the land that they live on has been bought and is being redeveloped. Therefore they are being relocated 10 kilometers from their present home to 2 feet outside of our wall where they will resettle in a tin city with no running water, no sanitation and minimal electricity.
Progress? Perhaps for the ones redeveloping the land 10 kilometers away. However, for those moving into our backyard as a new breed of refugees – it appears that the verdict is still out.
Now, I know that this blog is about hope, so where is the hope in all of this? The hope is in a new opportunity. The hope is never in a surrounding or the presence of a less than ideal atmosphere. Rather, hope is a person whose name is Jesus. And He is present already in this field on which will soon appear a tin city. And He has given us an opportunity of hope. An opportunity to somehow meet a tin city with the good news of Jesus in word and deed.
Please pray for us and with us as progress moves forward in our backyard.