Where Angels Walk, Oct 7, 2012, Life in Thornton

Hello, friends. Help!…is anyone Out There an Ebay seller? I used to be, but I can no longer remember how to get the photographs from inside of the camera to the Ebay site. Ditto Craig’s list. I have a wonderful earth angel who helps me frequently, but he does not specialize in Ebay. People find it hard to explain technical things to me (it’s true!) or they give up (and I don’t blame them.) I would be very grateful if one of you gets in touch.

A few weeks ago, around the time we were collecting school supplies for Cayce Charities in Arkansas, one of our subscribers asked me an honest and logical question: If the people in Thornton, Arkansas continue to be so poor, why don’t they leave Thornton and look for a job elsewhere? Were we–by continuing to help them—actually enabling them to stay poor? This reader had no malice in her heart. She simply wondered—as many of us have—whether this was the best use of our time and treasure?

I thought about this for awhile, and decided to ask Joannie Cayce for her views on this topic. After all she and her extended family have been taking care of poor people for over forty years (JoAnn, now in her 70’s, is frequently called “The Mother Teresa of southern Arkansas.”)

“The area we serve is all of southern Arkansas, at least eleven counties, not just Thornton,” Joannie says. (And when disasters hit nearby, such as Katrina, refugees frequently end up in their area, via word of mouth.) “We help the poor—abused women, hungry poor children, common labor men injured at work with no compensation, foster children turning eighteen and entering the world with nothing,” says Joannie. “There are lots of poor women working but earning way below the poverty level.” (The clothes and other donations that we send, help these women keep their families together.)

Employment is over ten percent in the poor counties, and grandparents pick up the pieces of their grandchildren’s lives when the mother is in jail, rehab or has died. Poor seniors get about sixteen dollars of food stamps each month. “We have a constant flux of different needy families and seniors in many many different crisis,” says Joannie. “When the poor families lose their homes to a fire, tornado, flood, or other disasters they have no insurance, and their extended families are also poor. The problems are real and so are the people.”

The Cayces work hard long hours for no pay, but the difference they make is real. “The Lord Jesus said there will always be poor with us,” Joanie says. “I wish I could end poverty. I dream about it every day. But we have never expected to end it. We are just trying to answer the call and serve.

“That is all I can say.” Joannie
What do you think? Are the Cayces earth angels?

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