Saturday, January 22, 2011

hungry...

This is a picture of one of the first nights we were here.



We went out to eat at a local place.  We got our food and of course the girls immediately had to go to the bathroom.  Clay took them to the 'toilet,' as they are called here.  While they were gone this boy walked into the restaurant.  He was right at the boys age.  He said, "Madame, can I have your food?"  He was asking for Clay's and Emerson's food and since they hadn't eaten I said, "No."  Then he asked for mine.  There were just bones left and it looked gross to me… it was all gone and I didn't know if I would get in trouble and so again I said, "No."  He asked again and so I thought, "Who cares?  They are going to throw it away anyway."  I said yes and the boy grabbed the chicken bones, looked around to make sure no one was looking, and then wiped every bit of scrap off my plate.  The boys watched all of this unfold with their mouths wide open.  They could not believe it and frankly, neither could I.  The boy thanked me profusely and I immediately started crying.  I looked at the boys and told them, "That little boy was hungry.   He ate our trash becuase he had no other food to eat."   It affected us all deeply.

Several times since then, the boys have seen kids walking by and picking up food out of the trash and eating it.  It is such a drastic contrast between the children now living at the Tree of Life Children's Village or at one of our CRC's.  Children, who were once no doubt, living much like the boy at Galito's restaurant begging for food and now being fed every day.  All sponsored children under the umbrella of the Family Legacy Ministry have the opportunity to receive an education, the opportunity to receive nutrition and the opportunity for discipleship.  Would you sponsor a child?  There are many who could benefit from your monthly sacrifice.  

1 comment:

  1. Wow, powerful story Erin. Been thinking of and praying for all you guys! Love, Brett Hartman

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