God in the Field

cambodia_churchLove manifests in such mysterious ways. Many times, the way God works is difficult to comprehend, hard to grasp.

This is exemplified in the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11: 3-4:

So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”

Lazarus did die physically, and a part of Martha and Mary did, too—but the story does not end there. Jesus wanted these siblings to know mentally what they experienced in their hearts: “Jesus said to her (Martha), “Did I not say to you that if you will believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

And they did see His glory as He raised their beloved Lazarus from the dead. From death to life, from abstraction to reality, from belief to experience.

God is still doing miracles. His presence and touch is apparent in the places where Food for the Hungry (FH) works to overcome poverty.

Poverty, decay, suffering, injustice, death. Interwoven, deep, generational. We work, pray and trust in Him to bless our work and bring about change.

Sometimes, when situations look desolate and all hope seems lost, something stirs, and light and life takes over. We feel His presence, we feel His gentle touch, and we hear Him softly whisper, “My child, did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

cambodia childrens clubThis is God working in the field.

We see His work in children. He makes a way for them.

In one community, God saw a very intelligent child, gifted with much potential and dreaming of a better future for himself, his family, and his community—but also mired in deep poverty with the daily struggle just to survive.

God, working through His people, would not have this to be the end of this child’s story. He used FH’s child sponsorship and field staff to support this child’s different needs, so that he could finish as valedictorian of his graduating class and go on to more opportunities to pursue his education.

This child experienced first-hand how it feels to be discouraged and hopeless, but then see God make a way and help your dreams to come true. God turns our tears of frustration to that of joy, gratefulness and awe.

From darkness to light, from death to life. We couldn’t do our work without God’s help and blessing. All for His glory.

 

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About Leilani Andres-Irano

Leilani Andres-Iranon is FH's Asia communication coordinator and a simple girl loved by an awesome God. She sees her life as His canvas to show forth His love, grace and mercy--and all that He allows are brushstrokes to complete His masterpiece. She wants to bring greater glory to Him, with her words leading others to Him.

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