In our first week on the ground, we prayed for inspiration, listened for information, shared perspectives, personal stories, concerns, and supported one another in our quest for better understanding of the challenges in the field. We gathered the best ideas, images, interviews, and information to document those challenges.
We had immediate challenges of our own. None of us really spoke Portuguese, the common language of Mozambique, although a few had some experience with the language. None of us had been to Mozambique in the past, and did not know a sole living there.
Those proved to be less of a problem for us than anticipated, as many people living in Mozambique were familiar with our language barriers and had work arounds. Plus, we were introduced to a wonderful new extended family in the friends we made along the way.
We had physical illness, serious injury, travel fatigue and time zone issues to combat that first week. But, we also had discovery, delight, friendship, fellowship, common worries, and shared dreams, We grew the branches of our family trees, while nurturing our roots.
What You Cannot Do Alone, You Can greatly Influence, if you choose.
In the spirit of our core values of Radical Faith, Radical Courage, and Radical Trust, in 2022, Helping Children Worldwide asked ourselves what more we could do to end the global family separation crisis. We have been sharing the experience of our partnership with the Child Reintegration Centre in Sierra Leone for years, and finding that alone had made a huge impact. The more we tell that story, the more people who show up to help. That is why we made a bold suggestion to our friends at First Fruit, that they underwrite a documentary on the story of transforming global orphan care to family permanency models. They agreed.