I work with kids in town who are selected for the feeding program on the basis of their family’s need. They burst in through the classroom doors each day with so much energy and excitement. It does not matter what the weather is like. They are always here.
Seeing the kids from the program and their involvement in my classroom makes my heart sing with joy. Even though at times I feel drained, and my voice is almost gone at the end of the day, I feel satisfied because I know God is using me.
The kids in the program arrive with empty stomachs. If not for this program, many would not get to eat, either because their parents work so much and are never home to prepare meals or there is not much to eat at home. While the kids eat, each one loves to tell me about his or her day. They ask me how to say certain words or phrases in English. They all want my attention. They share with me, and I share with them.
In the classroom, I divide the group in half. I teach one group first, while the other group plays. Then, I teach the other group. It is double the work, but it yields better results, because I am able to give them more attention. Because I share with them and let them see my heart, they know they can trust me.
Since I started a Bible study with the middle school girls, they open up to me and ask any questions they have. Sometimes I have no idea what a simple smile or a hug does. I only pray each morning God uses all that I am for his glory. It is such a blessing!
I know God is planting the seeds in each one of their hearts. As they come to get their physical body fed, they are getting spiritually fed as well. What a blessing to be given the opportunity to make an impact on so many lives.
Although they are kids, they have the power to be the light in their homes and bring their families to Christ.
Janet Ruiz, a student at the University of Texas-Pan American, is serving with Go Now Missions in Peru.