What I’m talking about are ideas … values … principles. Even beyond cement and supplies to construct clean-water wells, schools or other infrastructure, the most important thing FH gives to families locked in extreme poverty is the very idea that they don’t have to stay in poverty, because God wants more for them.
FH staff use God’s Word to prove there is hope in Christ for the poorest of the poor. In rural Mozambique, the story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls compelled community leaders to mobilize their own people to action.
The story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet encouraged these leaders to serve their communities with humility.
While ideas and values may be invisible, the fruit of them is not.
In Tambarare, there used to be only one clean-water well for about 3,000 people. Women and girls would leave home at 3 a.m., walk a long distance, wait in a long line, then wait some more for the well to drip … drip… drip … until the 10-gallon jerry can was full.
This lifestyle caused a lot of problems including girls missing school, kids wearing filthy clothes (no water to wash them), and physical injury as a result of lugging 80 pounds of water several miles — barefoot.
Obvious fruit can be seen in Mureche and her peers. She is healthy and back in school. In her village, less time is spent collecting water, leaving more time for earning money or caring for children. Because the water is clean, less money is spent on treating disease.
“They also said that not only having water around their vicinity makes them happy,” our field staff report, “but they also learned how to solve their problems by themselves.”