Village Near Volcano Makes an Offering of Love to BGR Disaster Team

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“But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.’”

—Mark 12: 42-44

Have you ever been unexpectedly blessed, even when you were trying to help someone else? A BGR Disaster Response team recently found themselves on the receiving end of love in the most unlikely of places: the shadow of a volcano.

The volcanic eruption in Guatemala caused a crisis of hunger.

When Volcan de Fuego erupted in June 2018, it changed the lives of nearly everyone living nearby. The eruptions forced thousands to evacuate as debris and lava rained down and killed 200 people, though hundreds more have yet to be found. But now that the volcano has quieted, even those who didn’t receive the direct wrath of the eruption are feeling the impact.

Ash, still settling, has covered fields and destroyed crops. For farmers and vulnerable families, this is an immediate problem—no money, no food. Food provided by the government is already gone.

You helped send the gifts of food and Christ’s love.

With your help, BGR was able to supply a six-person team with food bags for the most vulnerable in the area: seniors, widows, and single mothers with children. As the team drove toward villages near the base of the volcano, the ash and sand were so deep, they had to pull several other trucks out of the mire.

When they arrived, they could have found people who had lost all hope, with nothing left to give. And who could blame them? Their entire livelihood had been stripped away. But God can surprise even those of us with something to give.

The community handled the distribution of food bags themselves, handing out numbers to 200 families in desperate need, and everyone waited patiently for their number to be called. This food would sustain them for two weeks until the team could return with more. Each took the time to thank the team with a gracious heart.

Then, this community gave love in return.

When all the food had been given out, the response team was ushered into a wooden slat house plastered in black plastic. On a table in the middle of a dirt floor, a meal had been prepared—for them! The seniors in the community had collected food to make roasted chicken and soup. Every family had brought something.

No meal could have been prepared with more compassion. Consider that sacrifice. That chicken and those vegetables could have fed a family in their own community. The seniors stood back and smiled as they watched the team devour the meal. But, they didn’t stop there. When the team returned to bring food a second time, the seniors had collected 25 centavos to feed them again!

People like you gave in love to people affected by disasters. The disaster team trekked into a disaster zone to bring God’s love to them. And yet, even here, people with little gave much love in return.

This is the global community—God’s community—you help create when you donate to BGR disaster response projects. Give in love again and watch how God creates unexpected moments of joy in harsh places.

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