Riverboat of Healing
The rolling waters of many rivers in Southeast Asia, happily deliver the Riverboat of Healing, a 2-story barge the length of a football field, too many villagers along its shores…children and adults alike in great need of medical care. The villages along these rivers are small farming communities, almost completely dependent on that river for drinking, bathing, washing clothes and dishes, sanitation, fishing, and irrigating their rice paddies and other fields. Since many of the villages have no road access, the river is often their primary source of transportation. It is also where industrial plants dump their waste.
Most of these families live on less than $1 a day. If a family member gets sick, they must literally decide between seeking medical attention for that individual or feeding the rest of the family for the week. With raw sewage and chemicals in the water, this river is their number one source of illness and disease, yet the level of poverty is so great, most can’t afford the fuel to boil the water before drinking it.
The river is also, however, their number one source of hope. This floating hospital brings antibiotics for infections of all kinds, treating illnesses from malaria, dengue fever, elephantiasis, tuberculosis, and leprosy. Loving care is offered in Christ’s name to many who seek it along the way.
Texas Baptists have a part in this healing process through giving to the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger of the BGCT. Families are literally brought back from the brink of death and given a chance for a healthier life because of these gifts.