“Leann Chong is Food For The Poor’s Missions & Travel Director. She does an awesome job of leading teams and connecting FFP supporters to the real people and places they are serving. Please enjoy this short reflection she wrote about the impact you can make through the gift of presence.”
The motto of Food For The Poor’s Missions Department is: “Don’t just travel the world… change it!”
Many of our participants really take this to heart and want to fix all of a nation’s problems. While we cannot fix all of a country’s problems in one week, what we can do is become depositors of hope to the men, women and children we meet. We are there to show them they are loved by God and they are not forgotten. Of course, the provision of basic needs such as food, water, clothing and shelter are an important part of the mission experience. But the gift of presence is the best gift of all!
We have no idea how this unconditional love and encouragement affects a person or family once we have returned home. With God, ALL things are possible! That is the change we are making – one person, one family, one community at a time.