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Date Posted: 09:20:05 08/02/04 Mon
Author: Tony Lang
Subject: Experiences in Saudi Arabia
I have been working in Saudi since the beginning of the year.
I am living on a compound near to where Al Qaeda terrorists killed a large number of innocent people. I work with a lot of expatriate workers. This is a most interesting experience. Sudanese , lebonese, Egyptians, Palastinians, Indians, Americans, Nepalese, Bangladeshes, Filippeanos, as well as Brits and Saudis. I am seeing real life. We spend a lot of time on this website understandably discussing our own problems. Working with collegues from the Third World I am seeing life through their eyes, their struggles and those of their families in order to survive, the reasons that forcede them to leave their countries to work in a foreign land for hardly any money. The Bangladeshi's that I meet seem to be earning between 70$ - 120$ a month and working very long hours with two months holiday every two years. Recently we have seen on TV really terrible floods in Bangladesh. Half the country seems to be under water.
Many of my Bangladesh collegues (wonderful people, always cheerful) have lost everything that they have worked many years to build for their families back home.
Mustafa a man who I employ to do my washing his family has lost every thing, just washed away, a graduate forced to work doing menial tasks here. Ironically the Bible says to them that hath shall be given but to them that hath not shal be taken away the little that they hath. Alas Mustafa is one of those
These floods are the result of global warming. Global warming is man made. We are destroying the World.
We Christians believe that this is Gods world. This being so we should do everything in out power to save this planet.
Global warming is a result of over production, modernisation and consumerism by the rich countries. The message of consumerism is comfort and convenience at the expense of spirituality. In the evangelical church I do not here this message being preached, most of the time it is about personal salvation. If the rich nations of the World are allowed to destroy this world there will be nobody left to whom we can offer personal salvation, and we wont be there to preach it.
This is a problem caused by the rich countries, and it is the poor countries that are suffering.
My friends believe me, Mustafa is a very nice man, I know he will work hard he will rebuild his small farm in Bangladesh that his wife runs, but in 15 years time another flood will come and again destroy his efforts. The vicious circle
This is POVERTY and this is Gods World, (it was not made in Japan fifty years ago) and as Christians we need to think about changing our life styles. This is a message we should have on our lips, because we believe that man cannot live by bread alone, but somehow we think that he can and the more jam on the bread the better.
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