The following is an article that I read last week. I know this probably happens more than I hear about, so maybe it is because I am a dad with a two-almost-three-year-old that this articles breaks my heart. I just can’t image the hopelessness that one comes to in order to take his own life and be willing to leave his wife and precious daughter. I can’t image what the wife must be feeling without her husband and the daughter missing her daddy. Life must of been hard for them, but how much harder will it be now.
May we reach out to the widows and the fatherless and share that even though their earthly father has failed them, there is a Heavenly Father who cares and will never leave, fail or forsake them. May be reach the fathers before it is too late and they take their lives entering into eternity without Christ.
My heart is broken. My desire to reach out and help is strong. My abilities and talents are weak. Lord, help and strengthen me to be used by You!
“In the time when the prices of everything are sky-rocketing up in China, the recent plummeting price of vegetable seems rather abnormal and it is destructive to many vegetable farmers, most of whom are the low income population. A farmer from Shan Dong province hanged himself in desperation, leaving behind his wife and two young daughters.
Han Jin, the 39 year-old farmer, was an introvert and an honest, hard working person. Last year, he was told poultry farming was a lucrative business. So he built a shed and bought some sheep with the 10 thousand yuan he borrowed. Han was anticipating earning the money for his children’s tuition. Unfortunately, the sheep were infected with epidemic disease. Instead of earning any money, the poor farmer family lost the 10,000 yuan overnight. Yet it never rains but it pours. This year, he planted cabbage in his 6 mou (around 1/3 hectares) farm land (the main source of the family’s income). But when the cabbage is ready to enter the market, its price drops to less than 0.1 yuan per 500g.
“Though the price goes up a little today, but the day he killed himself, the cabbage is sold at less than 0.1 yuan per 500g. When he was back from the vegetable market, he was crying while drinking. He said, he didn’t see any hope…” Said Han’s wife,”We lost more than 10 thousand yuan this time. He said he was so worried that he didn’t want to live any longer. I tried to comfort him. He then stopped crying and asked me and the children to go to sleep. But when I woke up, I couldn’t find him. When I went to the washroom, he was hanging in there, dead. When I cut the rope around his neck, my little daughter was there too. Now she can’t fall asleep, always cries, asking for her father… I’m going to sell the rest of the cabbage, then go to the cities to find a job. I have to raise my children and pay off the debt…”