The daily schedule simply said, “Home visitations and food parcel distribution.”
Nothing could have fully prepared the team from Marlton, New Jersey for what they encountered. While it was an emotional couple of days visiting the neediest families, it was clear that God had directed their steps, and an extra deposit of God’s love flowed through this team as they delivered food parcels, gift bags, and hope wrapped in prayers!
One woman stood at the gate, with tears streaming down her face and her 4-year-old clinging to her leg. Two other children were running around in the yard. She had just finished cooking the last bit of rice for her children didn’t know how she would feed her children until her next month’s meager assistance arrived from the government.
Many of us will never know this kind of desperation and hunger, but this woman made a connection of hope in her community. She was shaking as team members handed her two large bags of rice, pasta, cooking oil, flour, sugar, beans, and a few other special items for the whole family. Through a simple food parcel, she learned that the local church loved her and that there are people, right in her village, that care about her and her family.
Convoy of Hope Europe exists to be a catalyst of hope and a partner to the local church, intent on seeing meaningful transformation in communities like Darabani—physically, socially, and spiritually. The Darabani church has already been helping people in their community, regardless of whether they attend the church or not. One home visited by the team was in great disrepair and truly uninhabitable. The family did not attend the church, but the church has been working for the past few months to build them a new home.
This is where hope begins.