The Beautiful Feet

On one outing to find mothers and daughters, a few of our workers went through an outdoor vegetable and meat market, and there became acquainted with a woman, Ms. Wei (above), who ran a public toilet. These marketplaces are busy centers for all walks of life to congregate, bustling with shoppers, motorcycles, carts, children, dogs, and thieves. Rows and rows of makeshift platforms covered by fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, and meat create narrow passages slick with mud, oil, and blood. A toilet in this area is not somewhere anyone would like to hang around, and is usually operated and cleaned by the poorest people in the community. Yet it was amidst such a desperate place that a truly inspiring story began. 

 


 

Testimony from Sister Liang, All Girls Allowed Field Worker

 

We heard the cry of a small child and entered a dark, little cubicle adjacent to the bathroom entrance. Only illuminated by a dim and filthy bulb, I found a little baby lying on a makeshift bed. The bed was assembled from various bits of trash and other odds and ends. 

 

"Whose child is this?" I said. 

 

The woman who operated the toilet came around the corner, saying, "The baby is mine. I was cleaning the toilet…"

 

"And you leave your child here?" I said. "How old is the baby?"

 

"Two months."

 

"Can you bring the child to me and let me see…is it a boy or a girl?" 

 

I then explained the Baby Shower Program to her. The mother immediately agreed to participate, considering that the monthly stipend offered by the program would be worth two hundred bathroom tickets. Then we made plans for of a visit to her family the following day. 

 

It was dark by the time we arrived at the bottom of a small, rocky mountain on the outskirts of the town. The family lives at the top of the mountain, in a tiny stone house with one door and one window, covered by a low roof. There was no road up the mountainside, and there were 7 or 8 large dogs guarding the home. “There is no way I’m going up there,” I thought. But valuing the needs of this family above the fear of the dogs, we broke off a branch from the limb of a tree, and weapon in hand, began to climb the rocks and pick our way up the mountainside. At about 7:30 p.m., we found the husband and delivered the Baby Shower Gift to him, who thanked us gratefully. He had lost his cell phone, and due to another obligation, had been unable to contact us to reschedule our meeting. We realized there, on that small mountaintop, how difficult their life was.

 

Despite her poverty, Ms. Wei has had a strong positive reaction to God's love. Working at the public restroom, she knows a lot of people, and since our first meeting, she has brought many other mothers to join the Baby Shower Program. Some of them work in the market, some are single parents. Ministering to these mothers allowed us to see God’s marvelous work. One woman, a vegetable seller in the same market, came to us when she was pregnant. She gave birth to a little boy, and she would often boast to her fellow vendors: "Look, this baby boy is God's gift to me! See how healthy and beautiful he is! This is God's gift to me!" In a culture defined by the pressure of the One-Child Policy and shaped by socialistic atheism, seeing that kind of faith is so comforting, encouraging, and humbling, especially when it comes from somebody regarded by society as the lowest and the least worthy. Even though these mothers and I come from totally different cultural and educational backgrounds, God has put a burden for them on my heart, and I am willing to serve them.

 

This Ms. Wei basically lives in the doorway of a public restroom. She collects money, raises her children, and cooks food there. Most people try to walk past that kind of place as fast as possible. But after a while the mothers in that area who became involved in the Baby Shower Program made this little hovel their meeting place. Even though Ms. Wei is completely uneducated, we would often discuss strategies to care for the other mothers and their children, as if she were one of our co-workers. When we visited the mothers, we would all sit around under a dirty light bulb, in the heat and stink of a filthy bathroom, getting eaten by mosquitos, on a discarded sofa, just like we were the deacons of a church having a meeting. The passersby were always looking at us and wondering what was going on. It is funny to think back on, but God's love is amazing—He seeks out the rejected and broken souls. We thank God that these mothers can accept His love for them.

 


 

Chai Ling, Founder of All Girls Allowed—In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her, said: “We are so deeply moved by our field workers’ fervent prayers and their tireless effort to rescue the mothers and babies that are in need for comfort and hope. The Scripture says that if people are not the hands and feet of God, ‘How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”’ (Romans 10:14-15) In this joyful Christmas season, All Girls Allowed celebrates God’s love for mankind through the birth of Jesus, who died for us so we can be forever set free from the evils of the world. Would you continue to join us to be the beautiful feet as well?

 

The Baby Shower Program is bringing life, value, and dignity to baby girls in China by showing their families that girls have value. Please support mothers like Ms. Wei by giving to our Baby Shower Program

 




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