Jesus was in the temple, observing all the wealthy wanting to be noticed as they came with their offerings. He noticed a very poor widow dropping two small copper coins in the offering box. “Listen to me,” he said. “This poor widow has given a larger offering than any of the wealthy. For the rich only gave out of their surplus, but she sacrificed out of her poverty and gave to God all that she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4
One Tuesday and Wednesday, we told the children they can bring food to help the people affected by the volcano. Honestly, I did not think any of them would bring food. The majority of these children live on a daily/weekly basis so a surplus of food is not possible. On Thursday (Group 2) many of the children came off the bus proudly carrying food. In my true skeptical manner, I asked them why they were bringing food as I thought maybe there was another project going on. They quickly informed me it was for the people who need it at the volcano.
One of the boys, Diego, realized he forgot his food while waiting on the bus. He ran all the way back home but the bus came while he was trying to gather his food. He knew his offering was important for others. (I tried to find his house to bring him to the feeding center, but I was unsuccessful. His absence is excused!)
Another man rode his bike to the feeding center while carrying two large bags of water. Two of the kids, Veronica and Eduardo, could not bring them in time so he delivered them to us.
I visited with a child a few weeks ago and asked him if he had food in his house. He smiled and said “Yes!” I asked him to show me all of the food he had for his family of six people. He showed me one egg, two tomatoes, half a bag of sugar, and chicken consume. In his eyes, they had plenty of food. Yesterday, he brought his small bag carrying bread, sugar, beans, and sugar. His mom makes less than $4 per day to buy food, and his teenage brother works the night shift at a bakery to pay for school.
Alex’s mom is a single mother who works long days to provide for her children. The extra money is simply not there. Alex was so proud to carry his large bag of individual water.
These children are not giving out of surplus–A True Offering! Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay them for what they have done! Proverbs 19:17
This is a small portion of Harvy’s heartfelt prayer for the people near the volcano.