Last Saturday Christine and the kids and I went with a group from our church to minister to a neighborhood of children on the southside of Merida. A lady in our church knows a woman in this neighborhood who runs a food pantry for children in her community. Many Meridian families are very poor and because of this meals can be skipped. The lady who runs the food pantry feeds about 80 children each day straight out of her own home. The food she feeds the children come straight from donations through both local businesses and from the Mexican government. Let me show you some pictures of how the night unfolded.
Apologies for the lack of resolution on the picture. We are using Joseph's Nintendo DS which has a camera option on it.
The lady standing in the front on the far left in the blue and white shirt is the one who runs the pantry from her home.
This actually worked in our favor as it gave us more time to see a larger crowd gather around us.
The place where we are setting up is a public park directly across the street from the food pantry.
She asked me if I wanted to hold her so of course I did. Her mother was very attached to Christine. She wanted to know all about us and why we were there. She just wanted to be around Christine the whole time even though they couldn't communicate very well.
While at the conference he told us that most people in Bolivia live in houses about the size of a master bathroom or bedroom. It was always difficult for me to picture the reality of this in my mind until I moved to Mexico with my family this year. This is a picture of a house across the street from the park. These are the types of homes that most of the children pictured above actually live in. This home is about the size of a small bedroom. This was typical of the entire area. Many of these homes have broken windows, holes in walls..... Material poverty is common in Latin America.
She was very gracious to invite us in. She was trying to feed everyone in the group along with her regular group that comes to see her ever
J.E. and family