With an hour’s walk through hilly terrain, Raiza had ample time to think. She had been hesitant to make the journey. Would it be worth it for a blanket? Would it just be a thin, unsubstantial piece of material? Would the church even have enough?
But then Raiza had thought of her frail in-laws. Any additional layer of warmth would benefit their old bones and help protect them from the cold and its ailments. It might even save their lives from winter’s bite. She could only hope her expedition would be successful.
Raiza lived in a remote village with little development and high illiteracy rates. They had nearly no access to services such as clean drinking water, electricity, education or health care. Living below the poverty line, most of the people in her village relied on gathering wild vegetables and raising corn for sustenance.
But the poor soil of the mountainous region produced little and made farming difficult. Situated in one of the poorest countries of the world, outdated farming methods inhibited progress out of poverty. Their village’s remoteness further complicated any efforts of development or transportation of resources.
When you give to provide a warm blanket, you give impoverished people not only the means to survive the winter seasons; you offer them hope and the knowledge of God’s love through the missionaries delivering practical help and Christ’s hope.
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