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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Beyond Words: The Faces in the Fence

By Hal Donaldson
Nov. 14, 2010

I smiled as I watched hundreds of children in uniforms waiting in line to receive their daily meal from Convoy of Hope. They were the fortunate ones. They were receiving an education, nutritious food and the gospel. It was satisfying to know we were playing a role in giving these children and 30,000 more like them a future.

But joy gave way to sorrow as I looked around the perimeter of the schoolyard. I saw hundreds of children peering through the fence. These children didn’t have uniforms — they weren’t attending school. And they weren’t hearing about Jesus. Instead, they spent their days scavenging for food in garbage heaps.

I asked the school director, “Do those children stand at the fence every day?”

She nodded. “Every day.”

“What would it take to get more of them in school?” I asked.

“If you can help us feed them, we will find a way,” she said.

The director went on to explain that parents keep their children in school when it means they have one less mouth to feed. Food and pure drinking water are essential to giving these children a future, she said.

Tears surfaced in my eyes as I studied the faces of the kids peering through the fence. It seemed so unfair and unnecessary. Standing alone in the schoolyard, surrounded by “have” and “have not” kids, I asked God to open the bins of heaven and provide more resources.

“God,” I said, “millions of kids all over the world are only one step — one fence — away from finding hope. Will You help Convoy of Hope expand its international children’s feeding initiative so AG World Missions missionaries and national pastors can extend the hand of hope to more kids?”

The Lord is answering that prayer, in part, through One Day to Feed the World. Through this initiative, the people of the Assemblies of God are voluntarily setting aside one day’s wage so hungry kids can eat and have access to pure drinking water and vitamins. In addition, these children are being educated and learning that Jesus loves them. (See page 16 for more details.)

Thank you for being a part of One Day to Feed the World. Because of people like you, thousands of children no longer have to peer through fences and dream of eating vitamin-enriched food each day. You have opened the gate and welcomed them in — and given them an opportunity to one day walk on streets of gold.

Hal Donaldson
President and Co-Founder of Convoy of Hope

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