One of the curious things in Kenya, Africa I discovered during a recent mission trip was that nearly every wall of every building was considered “valuable visual display space”. In Kenya the walls of buildings are used for advertising and delivering messages…no space is left unused. We saw schools with lessons painted on the walls both inside and out as well as business names and advertisements on every surface. All together it made for a very colorful and interesting country to tour.
The school you see in the photo above was one we visited. Three of our team members interviewed the head master of this school attempting to glean whether this was a good school for the children in House of Hope Orphanage to attend.
I got a bit tickled at the head master when he was answering many questions. This poor guy was being put through his paces and at one point he said something like, “Well you can see who we are by the writing on the wall. It says right there we are training up children to be leaders with integrity!”
The “skeptic” in me immediately thought, “Well just because you wrote something that sounds good and looks good on your wall doesn’t make it truth. The real proof will be in the educational achievements and leadership skills gained by your students after they’ve attended school here for a year.”
In reality we are all judged by the fruit we produce.
I learned much from that trip and I’m still applying those lessons to the life I’m living.
Our website has a ton of great pictures and many blogs and information on poverty and frankly, I think it looks pretty spiffy! However a website is just America’s version of a Kenyan building wall. We can pretty much write what ever we want on our web page and hopefully we’ll be seen and known as a ministry of integrity as we gain a history of serving our community.
But I’d rather our readers come and visit some of our events to evaluate that “we are who we say we are and that we do what we say we do” and gain some knowledge first hand.
I’d like to challenge you to come and see Forever Fed for yourselves, come and share a meal with us.
We’d love to see you and introduce you to some of our neighbors we serve. I think you’ll find smiles you see on the kid’s faces in our photos aren’t nearly as bright as the smiles you’ll see face to face.
We hope to see you soon!