October 01, 2020
My five year old daughter is constantly telling me she is hungry; or better yet, starving! Most days, this girl eats more than my teen aged son. Then of course, half the time she doesn’t want to finish a meal because all of sudden she is full or doesn’t love what is on her plate. So my husband and I decided to educate her on the fact that some kids do not even get meals on a daily basis, and that this is true not only in other countries like Haiti but even right here in the United States. We told her how we have seen kids so hungry that they fight over scraps that have fallen on a dirty floor. I think it has started to make an impact on her because just the other day I made the announcement, “I was starving.” I don’t know about you, but when I am hungrier than I prefer to be, I get angry hungry or “hangry” as we like to call it in our home. To which my daughter replies, “Mom, you are not starving. Do you know who is starving? The kids in Haiti are starving.” Way to put it in perspective little one! What a humbling moment that was for me to hear my innocent daughter shed light on my situation and give me a solid dose of reality. Check out this sweet girl Chalinda.
Isn’t she Isn’t she beautiful? If you did not know any different, you may think she is a healthy little girl, just a few months away from her first birthday. Actually, Chalinda is 3 years old! If you know me personally, you have probably heard me talk about the impact this little girl made in my life in such a short amount of
time. It broke my heart that she is one out of many children in her country who suffer from a lack of nutrition. In Chalinda’s case it has stunted her growth not only physically but also developmentally. Chalinda, cannot walk or talk at 3 years old. It blew my mind that something as simple as food being provided when she was younger, could have dramatically changed her life. Think about it. Food is not a privilege, it is a basic necessity. Most of us eat in abundance; I mean who doesn’t love food?! I not only love food but I love that I have access to a large variety of foods and that I can eat what I love whenever my heart desires. However, that is not the case for most kids growing up in a third world country. I say this to encourage you! YOU can make a difference in Chalinda’s life and the lives of other orphans! Your donations from last year allowed Fish Co. to plant a garden! A garden that is already producing vegetables and fruits that the children at the orphanage need to get much needed nutrition.
It is so easy to be overwhelmed with emotion when you are introduced to extreme poverty, but one thing that I have come to know and love is that I am not God and it is not my job to solve all of the world’s problems. It is my job to be obedient to what the Lord has called me to. James 1:27 tells us to take care of the widows and orphans, which in our own strength it is physically impossible. However, right now, YOU and I can partner together and make a difference in a life. Partner with Fish Co. today and make an impact.
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