Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Lesson In Unselfishness

On my recent missions outreach to Honduras I was blessed by so many folks and by so many things that happened. One of the highlights of each trip to Honduras is the one-day outreach to the small village of Concordia.  I've shared some about that already.  But let me say Concordia is a remote village about 3 hours out of the capital city of Tegucigalpa.

This particular trip we held a class for about 30 children.  In addition we had them bust open a couple of pinatas and just after that they were fed a hot meal of chicken and rice.  I'll have to admit, I was a little concerned that we had the pinata first.  The reason being that the children would each have a big bag of candy each!  I was concerned that the children would scarf up the candy and not be hungry for their hot meal!  But I was wrong!  Immediately following the pulverizing of the pinatas the children were led back inside for their hot meal.  The bags of candy were each laid on their tables or they sat securely in the lap of the child...while they ate their hot meal.  It was clear to me that a full, hot meal of homemade chicken and rice was the priority!

Another incident touched my heart that day as the children were eating their hot meal.  I noticed two young boys were not eating their hot meal or their candy.  One was about 5 and the other was about 9 or 10.  They sat together so they could've been brothers.  I was a little concerned so I asked someone to speak to them in Spanish to find out what was wrong.  They replied that their Mom was hungry and they were saving the food for her.  I nearly cried.  I had someone tell them not to worry.  We had plenty of food for their Mom and we would send her some.  Their faces brightened quickly and they dove into their food.  What a blessing to experience this!  These two young Honduras boys were more concerned for their Mom than their own appetites.  What a lesson in unselfishness!

I will never forget these incidents and what an impact they have  had on me.  It might not mean much for some, but as for is another incident from reaching across our borders that has become a part of changing my life!

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