With all of the craziness in the world, the easy thing for our school to do is to simply pass out homework and to give the children a bag of basic food. However, we know this is not the best for most of our children. God has been so faithful in showing us favor with the people of our community. The leaders know the severity of some of our children to receive food with lots of nourishment from our ministry.
A few weeks ago, one of our teachers, Shadya, was coming to school on her motorcycle. As she came to the long dirt road leading to our school, she saw 2 sisters running fiercely after the bus. No matter how hard they ran they could not catch the bus. Shadya stopped the girls and explained the dangers of running after the bus. She explained that the 10 year old and 6 year old sisters should never walk the dirt road to Grace Mountain. With panic and desperation in her voice the 10 year old girl said, “But if we do not go to Grace Mountain then we will not eat any food today.” Shadya rode to school with 2 girls on the back of her motorcycle!
The neat part is that Shadya was running late because someone stopped to ask her a question about the school. She was annoyed by the interruption that caused her to now arrive to school 5 minutes late. However, if Shadya had been in front of the bus, the little girls would not have eaten this day. Sometimes the annoying interruptions can be part of HIS plan.
This is why we choose not to take the easy path. We choose to be creative and constantly change in order to meet the physical, educational, and spiritual needs of the children. Is it worth it? Yes!
My family is no different than your family. Our most difficult decision is whether or not to eat a second helping of food. Our refrigerators, freezers, and pantry are filled to the maximum. We don’t understand what hunger pains feel like. Last night we had several children at our house for dinner. One of the teenage boys continued to slurp his taco soup. I tried to ignore it but the Eddie Turrentine began to come out in me. Finally I had to tell him to stop slurping. He laughed and said, “I can’t. It’s delicious!” We had another child eat with us and I offered to cook her anything she wanted. What did she choose? Corn Dogs! They are like a delicacy in our house–And I am ok with that!
How much does it cost to feed a child? It cost approximately $1.40 per day per child. If you have ever given financially to our ministries then you are part of meeting the needs! There are 2 precious little girls who are very grateful that you choose to give!