"HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed."Last week, I spent three days in the Appalachia Mountains with four other City on a Hill Productions staff members. We are making a video for Backpack Mission, which is run by Diane Durham.-Luke 1:53
For many children in Appalachia, the only meals that are guaranteed are those paid for and supplied by their public schools. This means kids often come to school on Monday morning having not eaten since Friday afternoon. Diane, in conjunction with certain sympathetic resource teachers, supplies the children with food (that they can carry home and conceal in backpacks) so that they can eat over the weekends.
I think what hit me most was seeing first hand how poverty makes people susceptible to tragedies that most of us will never know. For example, I met a young woman (about my age) whose face and hands had been severely burned. She was lighting a kerosene heater (to heat their house) and it exploded in her face. Every person we interviewed, and they were not strategically chosen, was closely related to a small child with serious medical problems.
I can't get into specifics at this time, but I was also struck by the depth of the problems we encountered. You quickly realize that you can easily create problems by trying to solve problems. It becomes overwhelming.
I hope and pray that our video helps feed more children.