I was recently blessed to spend two days with my leadership team in Food for the Hungry’s (FH) Resource and Program Development (RPD) Department.
We started the two-day annual planning meeting with FH leaders from around the world reflecting on signs of God’s grace in our lives and in FH field programs. We concluded our time together by looking forward to how we anticipate God using us in the year to come.
For me, God’s grace has shown up in my life in so many ways this past year. He was there when I was talking with members of the U.S. Congress about the importance of foreign aid. He was there when I was praying with donors whose lives are being transformed as they work to transform communities around the world. And He was there as I practiced agriculture in my own vegetable garden while reflecting on the bounty that God causes to come from the land.
Members of the RPD team, without exception, told of experiencing a similar sense of God at work. Each expressed a belief that the programs they operate would not be as successful without God’s touch on the hearts and minds of people FH serves. We can teach and train people to be healthy and help communities have access to life-saving projects like clean water and food production, but it is God who inspires people to put that training into practice.
There is a unique joy in seeing the look in someone’s eyes as they come to understand that, because they are made in God’s image, they have value. Just this one thing alone can have a huge impact on people who feel that no one cares about their plight.
When people realize they have value, they enthusiastically learn how to better care for themselves, their children and the environment. When that happens, entire communities are transformed from despair to hope, from fatalism to dynamism, from poverty to bounty.
As we ended our recent RPD leadership meeting, I was reminded anew of how thankful I am to you for the prayers, financial gifts and encouragement that make it possible for FH to do what we do in the name of Jesus all over this amazing world. Thanks for partnering with us in this life-changing mission!