We've all seen the commercials asking you to donate “just a dollar a day” to feed starving children living in abject poverty around the world. These commercials tug on our heart-strings and compel us to do something to help. We know the feeling of being hungry and can't imagine children experiencing hunger and hunger-related illness on a daily basis. In La Ceiba, Honduras missionaries at Cruzadas de Evangelica have been taking AHMEN volunteers to feed hungry kids living in the city dump for over a decade. Without a television to block the view, the injustice of permitted poverty is almost too much for this volunteer from the world's wealthiest nation.
Cruzadas operates a feeding kitchen and church at the La Ceiba city dump where over a thousand people scavenge a life out of what others discard from theirs. Lexie Hilton recalls his experience at the dump:
"We were standing there listening to the preacher when, all of a sudden, about a dozen kids, barefoot as I was at their age, took off running toward the driveway. About five minutes later they came by riding on the bed of a flat-bed truck full of trash. When the truck got to where it was going to dump the load, the kids jumped off and were going through the garbage before it could even hit the ground."
Visiting the dump was something I never liked to do because of what I felt was an impossible situation. It wasn't until a few years ago when Ezekiel Nichols got a vision about exactly what was possible there that AHMEN teams began to focus on working at the dump beyond temporarily feeding hungry bellies...
Stay tuned for my next blog as I talk about how Ezekiel's vision is becoming a reality!
If you want to know more about how you can join a team or support one of the many AHMEN projects in Honduras, feel free to contact Dr. Tom Camp, Mary Guffey, and Michael Franklin for more information.
Together, we are the difference.