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Giving From The Heart

“Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12: 43-44

Is giving truly giving if one doesn’t feel the loss? I believe God doesn’t ask us to give our ‘extras.’ We’re not to give just the surplus in our lives. We’re to give gifts meant for a King. We’re to give and keep giving until it hurts.

There are more questions than answers. There are more hungry stomachs than there are hands to feed them. The programs in Guatemala have more needs than the funds Lemonade International is able to provide. When we’re surrounded by so much suffering every day — there’s no end to the pain that we see and there should be no end to the Hope that we share.

One of our teachers, Gladiz, buys her fruits and vegetables from the same vendor in the little market outside of La Limonada. She’s known him for a while and he’s been gradually receiving more details about what she does with the schools. She mentioned to him the difficulty of feeding so many children – and without asking more questions he gave her fruits and vegetables. Thrilled, Gladiz took the food to schools for the children.

A week later when Gladiz went back to buy more fruit- he said please come every Monday and I’ll be happy to help out the school because I believe in what you’re doing. That was four weeks ago.

Hard situations make us rise to the occasion. This vendor isn’t making much money. He honestly doesn’t have much to give. But he’s giving it. May we all be inspired to give as this man is giving – just like the widow in the book of Mark.

– Rebecca Gant

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