The Food for the Hungry bloggers are in Guatemala this week, and I have been soaking up every post. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen firsthand the way communities are transformed through child sponsorship, or maybe it’s because this crew is so dang talented. In any case, here are a few of my favorites so far…
I want to live like them. Actually that’s not accurate. I want to love like them.
How God intended.
It’s more than just food that Food for the Hungry is bringing into these communities. I can attest to that. They’re bringing friendship and relationship and community and education so that, even after FH leaves, the change will be lasting; so there is ownership and buy-in from community leaders, and so no one has to make these changes alone. So the families have the support they need to bring health and hygiene and nutrition and quality of life to their children, and their children’s children, for generations to come.
Guatemala is the 3rd highest in the world in terms of chronic childhood malnutrition and 54% of children in Guatemala are suffering and over 70% in the community of Seoguis. The long term effects are poor brain development, long term illness and stunted growth. It is crucial for these children that they get fed often, and fed well.
…Tomasa’s voice breaks and her eyes well, as she explains through her translator, “If FH hadn’t come, my daughter may not have lived.”
What I expected to be the most exhausting was by far the most life-giving. And in that 2-room home on the side of a mountain in Guatemala today, The Lord taught me one marvelous truth. I learned that He leaves precious gifts and insights on the sides of mountains at the end of long days with a double language barrier. He meets us there.
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