You may have noticed that my title did not say ‘On my desk this week.’ As I’m writing posts about what I’m working on each week, I realized there are so many things I’ve worked on in the past that did not get the opportunity to be shared. And they should be!
So, I’d like to start a short series of posts about a recent trip I went on with Food for the Hungry to Nicaragua and Guatemala. At the time of my return, I didn’t have a proper outlet to relay this experience and share about FH’s work in these two beautiful, but impoverished countries.
I’ll preface the series by telling you why I was sent on this trip. In Nicaragua, I was shadowing a Community to Community (C2C) church team that was visiting the communities where they sponsor children. I documented their journey and experiences through photographs and interviews. In Guatemala, I visited two communities and documented FH’s work through photographs and interviews as well. All in all, I took more than 3,000 photos in two weeks and did about 30 interviews.
Looking through the photos
Before I delve into the details of the trip itself, I have to comment about how I felt after looking through all of these photos upon my return.
When I look at the faces of the little ones, my heart breaks over and over again. But at the same time it weeps with joy. I want so much for them. I want someone to tell them every day that they are loved. They are valued. They are important in this world. God has a plan for each one of them. I want someone to hug them every day. I want so much love for them. I want someone to tell them how beautiful they are. How innocent. How much potential there is for them. I want their bellies to be full at night and their hearts sleepy with contentment. I want health for them. I want opportunity and clean clothes. Shoes. Loving parents. Happy childhood memories. Rest.
I feel helpless to these wants and can only lift these prayers up to the Lord, who provides everything. I miss them already and thank them from the bottom of my heart for sharing their honesty, pain, love and joy with me. For giving me a piece of their heart, for all of mine.
But I still struggle with the helpless part. I’ve accepted that I cannot personally do these things for these children every day. I have to trust those who can – like FH field staff. They work one-on-one every day with children, parents, families, leaders and pastors in the villages. As part of our ministry work, they can personally tell the children ‘God loves you and has a plan for you!’ My heart fills up with gratitude just thinking about it. Knowing that as I’m praying for these wants, the Lord is already answering them. But I still have to play my part and you should too.
Not just through prayer, but by considering sponsoring a child. I hope you do. In fact, I’ll add that hope to my prayers. After all, with a God this big, what’s one more prayer request?
Find out more about Food for the Hungry child sponsorship -> http://www.fh.org/give/sponsor