Providing proper nourishment for both the body and the soul.
Someone once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Our approach to the hunger problem in the rural north central highlands is a “both/and.” While we provide nourishment to alleviate the immediate gnawing pain of hunger, we also work together to create a better solution. To do this, we are partnering with some wonderful local people like Adrienne, who feeds some 40 to 50 children out of her home on a daily basis. We are helping her realize her dream of establishing a trade school for these children so they can learn life skills that will allow them to feed themselves. As well as these partnerships, we are seeking agricultural specialists to help educate and teach the local community how to achieve a greater yield so they will have enough food resources to sustain themselves through the dry season each year.
In Matthew 25 Jesus said, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Join with us as we seek to minister to the “least of these.”