Ok folks! Today’s post is not going to be what you were expecting. Each time I post, I show you some pictures of my food, talk about food, and then give instructions about how to make food. And let’s face it, food is pretty darn crucial to life. I love that food is both a necessity, but it can also be a luxury. We here in America are blessed. Some are blessed more than others, but as a country, we are by far the wealthiest and most well fed country. The vast majority of us have never felt true, intense, paralyzing hunger and probably never will. So please indulge me as I share with you something I am deeply passionate about…
I have posted briefly before about my mission trips to Africa. I also have a blog called James 1:27 where I share specifically about my time in Africa and what God has revealed to me through those experiences. One of the most powerful moments in my entire life was being in Ethiopia and witnessing a food mob. If you want to read the full story, you can read it here. It was horrific. There is no other way to describe it. Seeing people, mostly small children, so hungry that they would trample one another in the mud for a bite of food….it changed me. It made me reflect on my life, my privileges, and my role in this world. It became clear to me that God placed me on this earth not to just feel sorry for kids in Africa, but to do something about it.
While in Africa, we met a man named Jean Claude who started a ministry called Best Family Rwanda. He was a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide but became an orphan because of it. He and a few of his friends (who were also orphans) helped each other survive in the tough times that followed the genocide. In 2001, he and his friends began the Best Family Rwanda as a way to help other orphans and vulnerable children in their community. Now, a dozen years later, they have 84 children under their care, and we have partnered with them to help meet these kids’ needs.
You probably were not even aware, but today, Sunday November 3rd, is actually Orphan Sunday. It’s a day where we as a country can focus on and pray for the needs of orphans around the world. So it seemed like a fitting day to launch our child sponsorship program for Best Family Rwanda. The program is called Kunda, which means “love” in their language. Please browse the site to see which children are available for sponsorship and pray about helping one (or more!) of these kids. The cost to sponsor a child is $35 per month, which provides school fees, uniforms, school supplies, healthcare, and basic necessities like food and clean water. It’s pretty incredible that only $35 can pay for all that, right?! You will have the opportunity to write to your child and get to know them. Orphans and vulnerable children not only suffer from a lack of money but also a lack of attention and care. We want to provide them with a sponsor who will encourage them, advise them, and just simply love them.
I hope you’re not too disappointed that I’m not sharing a recipe with you today. But this is something too big not to share! Please take a moment to reflect on all your blessings and thank God for them. It is my prayer that you will see that God has blessed you SO THAT you can bless others. If you would like to sponsor a child or make a general donation to Best Family Rwanda, you can do that on their website. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.