Every trip I trust God to provide me with the funds to bless my families with food. It is such a struggle for my families to just come up with enough work to eat on much less anything else.
I once talked with a family and asked how much income did he receive that month and much to my surprise it was much less than I expected. It was only $15 that month. I asked him to explain how they could live on that small amount. He said we find ways. I had him explain how his family survives on so little.
He explained that on the days they have work he buys rice and beans if possible and on the days he has no income they eat only a corn tortilla for breakfast and dinner. Can you imagine, only a one corn tortilla?
He shared with me that it is the life they are use to and their bodies don't get hungry the same ways mine would. He said they don't get to a point that they consider themselves "starving" until it has been at least a week with not even a tortilla. Needless to say I had to ask how often does that happen and he said at least once a month in the rainy season.
For the past two years there has been no rainy season for my community. They have been in a severe drought and sadly they have lost all their corn crops that they rely on in the fall. I can't imagine what life has been like since I was there in August. I know they will be happy to see some rice and beans. Since the drought has caused all their crops to be burned up it has also caused all the wells to dry up. It has truly been one of the worse years they have ever experienced.
I am trusting God for the resources to give them an abundance this December, 2015. We typically give them 10 - 15 lbs of beans and of rice and 1 - 2 liters of oil. Food prices are extremely high right now because of the drought also. Pray for favor with the market so I get a good price.
Here is the food distribution in August, 2015.