Amy F. from Wayne State recently traveled to Brazil with a group of college students. Below she shares with us her revelation after being invited into a family’s home in a community where VisionTrust serves.
Since returning home from Brazil many people have asked what stood out to me the most. Let’s see…the smiling faces of joyful children, barefoot little boys playing futbol, the constant shouts of, “Tia, Tia” whenever the kids wanted to show us something. However one story stands out above the rest.
While in Brazil we had the opportunity to visit some of the homes of the children in the VisionTrust programs. Part of the team and I headed to a little girl’s house to meet some of her family. We walked down the street of colorful houses squished next to each other and soon arrived at our destination. We knocked on the gate and her mother unlocked it and let us in.
We entered the small quarters and gathered around in the living room—two small couches and a flat screen tv were the only items in the room. The only other rooms in the house were a small kitchen and an even tinier bedroom. The mother and daughter didn’t even seem to notice us entering as they happily hugged one another with giant smiles on their faces. Our translator then told us a little about the family. The mother works about 30 hours a week at a health clinic while the father works most every day at a construction company. They have two daughters around the ages of 6 and 10. We asked what some of their hobbies were and the little girl said reading, and watching cartoons when her dad is watching fútbol. The mother on the other hand loves to cook as well as paint and make crafts.
She told us she was so thankful for the Learning Center, Projecto Amar, because she went there as a child and it is a comfort to know that her daughters are safe and well taken care of during the day and learning about God.
We concluded our visit in prayer for the family. I volunteered to pray aloud for them and I asked our translator if they had any special requests. The mother smiled and said something with radiant joy beaming from her face. I waited for our translator to hear what she had said. He looked at me and smiled and said, “She says just thank God for all the blessings He has given us, God is enough.” I was taken back, how could this woman who lives in such impoverished circumstances say she was thankful for everything? How could the mother who says she sleeps on the floor every night with her daughters so they feel safer say God is enough? Simple. Because He is!
In Matthew 6:25-26 Jesus tells us, “Therefor I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
This woman believes this passage along with all of God’s promises with her whole heart. She knows God will provide for her family and will thank God every day for the blessings He has showered on them.
What a challenge for my own heart. Many would say I live a much better life than her because I have a nice big house, clean clothes, plenty of food, and a safe environment. But do I really? Do I live with the joy that shines from her face? If we were to trade places would God truly be enough for me?
I am praying, wherever I am, that I recognize He is enough for me, so I can fully live for Him and His Kingdom every day. He really is the God who is enough!