I posted this video on our Facebook page, and it’s been the most popular video I’ve ever posted. So… I thought I would share it here, as well. This all happened on December 23rd…
Most of our girls have come out of extreme poverty. At Torre Fuerte they have found the comfort and security of decent food, clothing and shelter.
This Christmas, the girls had an idea: to collect whatever they could of their old toys, games, dolls, and clothing. Then to wrap everything and give it away to the poor children in the nearby community of Horacio Zevallos. This is an area of grinding poverty, as you can see in the background of the video.
As the bus rolled into the neighborhood that day, the girls were announcing from the windows that they had gifts. By the time we rolled to a stop, there were maybe 300 people gathered, with the children anxiously awaiting a gift. Most of these kids would not have received a single thing if not for the plan our girls had devised.
The girls did all of the actual organization and distribution of the gifts. As thing wound down, it was apparent that there were more children than gifts. Our girls responded in a way that surprised us. Watch…
December 23, 2012
Open your hearts to the ones who are desperate, open your hearts, open your hearts.
I didn’t get video of all of it. As I stood a short distance from the crowd, chatting with Pastor Dario, a mother walked by with her two daughters. The younger one had a gift, but not the older girl. One of our girls, who was standing at my side, took off her new red coat and handed it to the young girl. A moment later, another of our girls removed her earrings to hand to a young mother standing nearby.
As we wrapped things up and piled back onto the bus, we saw that most of the girls had given away the shoes they were wearing, as well as their jackets. Two of our girls had even given away their new jeans, and wore plastic bags on the way back to Torre Fuerte.
I couldn’t help but think of the excuses I had made in the past for not being generous. These girls had demolished all of my excuses. Maybe they just understand poverty better than we do. Or maybe God is doing something in their hearts that we all could use.