Before our trip, our church held a meeting to explain to the congregation regarding what we would be doing on our trip to Sierra Leone. As a part of this meeting, we held a small fundraiser to raise money to provide rice to families enrolled in the CRC program.
During our trip, we were able to go with the CRC to deliver this rice. Wow, I will never complain about the potholes in the streets of Philadelphia again! Saturday we went out to deliver rice to families; it took most of the day and a lot of patience. I am truly grateful that yesterday was the last day for delivering rice. The holes, lumps, and bumps in the ground were a challenge to the driver, and a nightmare to me, but we made it safely to every family. At one point we had to drive through a small body of water, I looked out the window to my left and there was a mother and child washing clothes a few feet from us!
Pastor Chaney and I were well please with the selection of people who received the rice. Just to share a few examples; we met with one family that both parents where blind and dependent on help from the village to raise their children. There was also the single mother who was physically disabled; she could not walk needed help daily to do simple chores for her children. And yet at the end of the worse road ever, we met a family that was being cared for by the Auntie. The mother was not available because she had to walk to the city on the very road we were on to sale fruit to support her family.
What a blessing it was to meet these families and participate in the food assistance that CRC provides to vulnerable families.