The power of legacy to change your story

Blog post by FH blogger Darrell Vesterfelt

Today, we had the opportunity to meet a child that we sponsor through Food for the Hungry. His name is Juan Jose, and he is a 13 year old 5th grader in Guatemala.

Through our sponsorship, Juan Jose is able to go to school and receive education about health and nutrition, so he can grow up happy and healthy.

One of the questions his mother Josefina asked us, as we sat with her and talked about her family, was how we (Ally and I) had managed to get a good education and make a life for ourselves in our country. You could tell she was worried, despite all her hard work and prayers, that what she had done for her son wasn’t enough. She only wanted the best for him, but she wasn’t exactly sure how to give it to him.

This is what I told her:

My grandfather, my dad’s dad, was a blue collar worker in rural Michigan. He worked hard — really hard — to make sure each of his children had the resources to build the life they wanted. His middle son, my dad, finished high school and started working right away, carrying on the “work hard, really hard” legacy for the same company over the course of 20 years.

Thanks to his hard work, he rose to levels of leadership far beyond his education.

All so he could give his children the resources to build they life they wanted.

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Darrell Vesterfelt is an FH blogger who is the founder of the Prodigal Press. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Ally. He loves helping people discover the power of their story. Darrell is the original #unblogger.

 

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