Jessica told us her story in the barren, cramped home where she welcomed us in San Pedero Sula, Honduras. … the story of what happened to her and her children as they attempted to flee the poverty, violence and hopelessness of her country. … she struggles with how she will feed her family every day and keep them safe from the nearby gangs. Then she talked about her faith, about a God who walks with her, who knows poverty, who will never leave her. … Her children made big hearts on red construction paper during our conversation. Inside the cards they wrote love letters and handed them to us, with hugs, on the way out the door. It was Valentine’s Day.
The Rev. Stephen P. Bouman, ELCA
Journaling through the ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving devotional, http://elca.org/40days.