Sunday, February 11, 2007

Seeds are in the ground...

In recent blogs, we have been able to show you a project that is nothing short of amazing. Through our connection with Mayor Lopez of Pastores, we have been able to assist with resourcing to a school for street kids. They have families, but they are the youngest children of poor families and as such have very little hope of an education let alone an optomistic future.

With the help of a short term missions team from Pathways Clearwater last December, seeds were purchased to be used for growing food for the families and other marketable products such as flowers, etc.

The land provided by Mayor Lopez, is difficult at best. The moms of these school children however, have made it work. They are taking a difficult situation and turning it into something remarkable. With young children in tow they have cleared the land, formed the planting rows, and have now planted the seeds that were purchased. To witness this process has been one of my most inspiring experiences to witness.

From the time of this posting, it is anticipated that the irrigation system will be installed this next week.

It should also be noted that God has demonstrated His involvement with this project. Last month, in a "happen chance" meeting in Dominos Pizza while I was waiting for my cheesy sticks, a family from the Portland, Oregon area had come to Antigua to visit a family member that lives in Central America. Antigua seemed like a good spot to connect. This is a Christian family whose 14 year old son had a compulsion to raise money for and purchase school supplies. They arrived and had no idea of where to leave these materials. Coincidence, I think not. God gave me the boldness to be friendly while we were waiting for our respective orders. These supplies will cover the students for the better part of the school year.

This is type of project that I approach with the "Star Fish" principle. At present this is only effecting 30-40 children in the school. But I have to wonder what is the potential results when these children have grown and know that at one point in time somebody they will never know cared to invest into their future. We can't save all of the "star fish" but I believe that some of these are getting their second chance for a future with hope.

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