After a full day of travel, Darrell and I arrived safely last night to our accommodations in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. We’re traveling this week with an organization we love called Food for the Hungry and are really excited to witness first hand what they’re doing in the communities here. Also, we get to meet the child we sponsor!
Last night we were able to hear, over dinner, from one of the FH staff members in Guatemala. She told us about being a sponsored child herself when she was young, and how much it meant to her, not just that someone provided the finances she needed to go to school, but also that her sponsor family would urge her to keep up with her schoolwork, work hard, and chase her dreams. They also reminded her that she was valuable, worthy and loved by God.
Those words changed her life, she told us.
Now she is able to bring the change to communities just like the one where she grew up; and she is leading people like us into these communities to show us what FH is doing there, and to introduce us to kids we’re sponsoring, just like her. I can’t wait to see what will unfold here in the next couple of days, and I can’t wait to look our sponsor child in the face and tell him he is valuable, worthy and loved by God.
I can’t wait to tell him to work hard, keep up with his schoolwork and chase his dreams.
We’re traveling with a group of ten other bloggers/photographers/designers, and we’ll be keeping you posted with our progress on Twitter and Facebook (and here on my blog). If you want to follow us, you can search the hashtag #fhbloggers. We’re also going to be doing a Twitter chat on Tuesday night at 8pm EST, so you can join us there and ask any specific questions you might have.
Hope you follow along! It’s going to be a crazy ride.
Also, if you are able, I would encourage you to sponsor a child through FH. I am seeing first hand that their work is changing the lives of people in need here in Guatemala. It’s a small gesture that is making a huge impact.
All photos taken by Jessica Taylor.