I once read a quote that says “The happiest people on the planet don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.” I am discovering that this is very true of the people of Nicaragua. They have a close sense of community, take great pride in their work, and are incredibly creative.
I have watched them do some amazing things without what we would consider proper tools. For example, WEGO has a feeding program that provides food for about 250 kids a day. I have spent time in a hot, dimly light kitchen watching these women prepare the all of this food with just a few gas burners, some pots, and very few utensils.
I think about my pantry at home – how it is full of every kind of gadget that makes preparing food easy. Watching their creativity was amazing, and they do it without complaint – they simply make the best of everything. I know one of the things the Lord is teaching me is to stop and think through the things I choose to complain about in my life. It’s really beautiful how the Lord works – that while you reach out to others also He reaches out to you and gently teaches you something through it.
I just want to challenge you in this today – no matter where you are, find someone you can help and encourage. There are hurting people all around us. Pray that God will open your eyes to the needs of someone near you, and then ask Him to give you the wisdom and the courage to reach out to them. Chances are that once you do the Lord will not only work in their heart, but in your heart as well.
Here are a few pictures from the past 2 weeks.