In my previous blog post, I talked about a list of needs that the pastor of the village church gave us on Monday. The Lord allowed us to meet many of the needs of Pastor Joseph’s list almost immediately, and one of those was the need of food. As it was explained to us, one 50lb. bag of rice would feed each child 2 meals a day for 2 weeks. We had yet to see the children eat one meal, so through Kirk and Ty’s direction, we went to the store room and realized they had no rice in storage. They made it our priority to immediately remedy this situation. The Lord allowed us to use part of our food budget to purchase rice, oil, and beans that will last them for at least a month.
As we delivered the food we were able to observe an amazing and humbling scenario: The food was quickly prepared and the children gathered without being told on the 2×4 pews built by John Spahr and Rick Pevey in the church that we had roofed nearly 14 months ago. They sat quietly. We don’t know how long it had been since they had eaten, but we know it had at least been 24 hours. 24 hours! Allow us to go without food for 24 hours and then see what kind of order we keep, yet these 2-9 year olds sat quietly and patiently in anticipation of a meal that any of us would scoff at if presented for one of our three. As they ate, I was able to capture a young man that we estimate at 2 or 3 years old enjoying his meal. I know that the tag of “#nofilter” has become very popular in our society, but I hope that as you look at this picture you will allow to be filtered through God’s Love. God’s Love for your neighbor. God’s Love for a young child. God’s Love for us.