We just received an e-mail from BGR partners in West Africa. They are working in a country and area plagued by hunger due to extended drought. They have a BGR and World Hunger funded project and are making food distributions in pretty harsh circumstance. They are working in the “bush” in heat excesses of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or more during the day.
The partner wrote that after one long day of distribution, they had just returned back to their base camp and cleaning up when….
“In the distance I heard a lady let out this traditional whoop of joy and banging, like on a drum proceeding her whoop. After supper that night our host asked if I had heard the lady. ‘Yes’, I said and he went on to tell me a bit of her story. She was a divorced lady with 4 children. Her husband had left her. Because she had no man to advocate for her to be on the recipient list for the grain, she knew she and her children would be overlooked. However, when she got home from her work she found that the grain for a family of 5 was sitting there in her courtyard waiting for her. It was then she let out the whoop I had heard earlier and she began to beat the five-gallon water jug as a makeshift drum. She told her neighbors she was going to beat the drum all night because she now had food to feed her children.”
When is the last time that you “whooped” out loud because
you and your family had food to eat? I don’t think that I have ever been that
excited about my food. Maybe it’s because that I’ve always had food and never
really had to go without.
Thank you, Southern Baptists, for providing food to this
widow and her family as well as millions of others across the globe through our
Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund! I can envision that not only is the widow
“whooping” because she and her children got food, but also that some angels in
heaven joined in with a “whoop” of their own.
“For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat…Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:35, 40)