Saturday, April 11, 2009

Teaching to fish

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that goes “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat everyday”—in our line of work is very important to keep that principle in mind.
It’s all very nice and helpful to bring clothes, shoes, and food to the institutions we help, because there is a need and we have a way to meet that need. But that’s not all we do. By teaching children English, we give them the opportunity to expand their horizons—and yet that’s not the whole purpose of our ministry either.
Perhaps what we are really after, is to inspire the children to want more from life. To take the little they are given and build from that, to create a brighter future.
I have great hopes for some of this young people I’ve met in the different events we’ve organized. All they need is a little encouragement and someone to believe in them. Someone to teach them to fish. That’s what I am in Hungary for and doing the work I do, and I love it!

Children from a "Mother's Home" in Csepel, Budapest