It’s day 4 of the FHBloggers in Guatemala and each day seems to be more incredible from the previous.
Today I had the honor of meeting mine and Jose’s sponsor child Imelda in her home. Her sweet spirit is so beautiful.
Entering into the home, Imelda presented me with a shawl that was woven by her. It will be a gift that I will truly cherish and is more evidence to the hospitality of this beautiful culture.
This trip and these people have changed the way I look at things. I love being a part of something that is impacting a community as Seoguis.
Some of these pictures illustrate the WHY. It’s not just because they may not have enough food or water or that their housing may be something that you and I are not use to but it’s the smiles, the joy that are on these children’s faces.
It’s a constant reminder of the mundane days of life as you and I as individuals, parents or spouses may endure yet we can think about a child in need, a child we can sponsor and think about that beautiful smile and realize my life is nothing to the one a child may endure.
When I met Imelda, so many thoughts went through my mind. What does she think of me? This “gringo”, blonde hair, blue eyed girl in her home. Does she know she’s part of a larger family? Does she know that she’s loved and that God loves her so much?
To meet her brother and sisters, her mother and her grandmother was a blessing to take with me.
I made Imelda promise to share with her siblings the crayons and paper that was given to her. I jokingly told her that I would call her mom to find out if she’d been sharing. We laughed.
Memories were created. A richness of compassion and love was given one to another. Even meeting Imelda's mom, Juana. Encouraging her and let her know that she’s obviously doing a fantastic job raising her four children because you can see the JOY on their faces. That I know having four children is a lot of work but Juana and I both know it’s so worth it.
I encourage you to be a part. Be a part of sponsoring a child with Food for the Hungry. FH ensures that each child will be taken care. Their needs will be met whether educational, through health, food or even spiritual. I promise you that it will never feel like you’re giving money but that you are building a relationship with a child with the possibility of meeting that child in person yourself one day.