And thus endeth the sermon for today. Amen and Amen.
I have had the privilege of visiting dozens of schools in developing cointries where Stop Hunger Now meals are being used in school feeding programs. The teachers, principals and headmasters have all told me the same thing.
The children come to school because they know they will get a hot meal. It will be the only food for the day for over 90 percent of the kids eating the meals.
Then the school leaders say,”Without the Stop Hunger Now meals the children will not come to school. If they do not come to school they will not get an education. If they are not educated there is no hope, there is no future for our nation.”
School Feeding Programs provide more than just food for hungry and malnourished kids. The meals provide hope. They provide a path out of darkness into the light.
We can change the world. And school feeding programs are helping make it happen. We can end hunger by 2030. All it takes is caring enough to act.
Although my trip is only about half way to the finish I am already pleased over all that I have been able to accomplish. And just like the majority of my trips, so much of what has been accomplish has taken place in the midst of meetings.
I have already lost count of the number of meetings I have been a part of since beginning this journey. And anyone who knows me knows I am not a big fan of meetings. But…there are meetings and then there are MEETINGS. You all know what I mean.
Here in South Sudan I have met with doctors, agriculture specialists, managers of microfinance programs, pastors, farmers, teachers, church and education leaders. All have stories to tell, and each of them have helped clarify the needs and the amazing potential here in Yei County. It is exciting to see all the various pieces begin to come together.
I have also learned from the numerous site visits we have been able to make, as well. Seeing brings to life all the information gathered in the hours of meeting.
It has been a good and fruitful trip so far. I know the rest of it will be even more so.
The grades are in, and we have received a nice fat F. And F means we have failed to learn that our kids are valuable and their education is of paramount importance.
Will we ever learn? When will we begin to put a higher priority on education than we do on profit?