Team: Baylor University Line Camp
Written by: Bethany D.
We have only been here at the Malnutrition Center for a few hours, but our team has already been exposed to and given the opportunity to be a part of an overwhelming display of love and care for God’s people. The center, whose mission is to care for local children and aid in their development, restoring them to health and giving them a brighter future, puts the utmost care into everything they do. From carefully organizing and distributing precise and tailored diets to providing them with physical attention, education, and love, every child is treated as though they are absolutely precious, as they are to their creator.
The nannies work tirelessly to provide for the children, caring for these kids who far outnumber them. While our team is here, adding circa twenty-five additional sets of hands and feet, it seems there are just enough to go around. Yet they do it, and it only adds to the evidence of God’s presence in this place. It is obvious that it is only through God’s power that they are able to work these insanely long hours and do the amazing work that they do.
It is also clearly an amazing blessing to the community the way that God has provided the center with what it needs. Just the week before we arrived, another group of individuals had donated industrial washers and dryers, which will increase efficiency exponentially for the hard working individuals who must wash hundreds upon hundreds of sets of clothing for the children. We are only here for a week, and there is much we can do to help, from caring for the children to organizing the supply closet, but God has not and does not leave these people in need. He sends other groups, financial support, and donations from His followers, so that they may be able to continue in their ministry. The fact that this place is able to not only serve children for a time, but also provide their families with buckets of supplies long after they are able to leave the care of the center fully demonstrates God’s grace and love.
You can without a doubt see the life change that is taking place here, even within the first few hours we have been here. For the children, with every nutrient enriched meal, with every minute of rest they gather strength, they are getting closer to being able to return to their families. We can see the evidence in those moments where a child makes improvements in motor skills, or learns and explores the world around him. In the older groups, the children are being exposed to the gospel, shown stories of God’s power, provision, and love.
Yet the life change is not only in the children here. I can see it in the faces of my teammates, brought to tears by the children’s faces, overwhelmed with love. Young and old, every child is in need of some amount of attention, and we all feel the pull to help them. I can see how God has places us all, each of us from different backgrounds and experiences into the precise groups at the exact moment we are needed, and in that moment I see my teammates flourish. I am sure none of us have experienced anything like this, and the chance to be here has opened our eyes to a whole new picture of life.
It is incredible to get to be a part of His story, here for only a flash in the great expanse of time, yet still able to make an impact. God is incredibly detailed in His storytelling, mapping history out so that our lifelines intersect in absolutely beautiful moments. Looked at from far away, each is like a single stitch in lacework, coinciding and combining to create an intricate and awe inspiring work of art. We have been privileged to see our lines intersect with the lines of these people here. It is exciting to think that a few words of prayer over them, or a couple of moments cradling a child could have an impact on the rest their life and ours, and that it may change the course of our stories forever. There’s no telling what God will do, but I can’t wait to see the finished piece.