There is a family who lives in the heart of Managua down a really small dirty alley. At the far end there is a row of tiny pieced-together wood and tin shacks. We pass by them regularly.
There are usually a couple of small children, wearing nothing but underwear and dirt, playing in the alley. Sometimes they run out to the side of the street, which is a busy highway in the city of Managua.
There are a couple of older children in this alley and on this street too. They sell newspapers for their mom who usually sits nearby and collects the money that the children receive. As far as we know, these children don’t go to school. Probably because their mom needs them to help her sell newspapers for a living and she considers survival more important than an education.
One day we were running errands and were stopped in traffic along this stretch of the highway. We were nearing the place where these children sell newspapers and play in the dirty alley. As the traffic started moving again the car in front of us stopped. A well-dressed Nicaraguan man got out of his car and walked around to the trunk. One of the little girls saw him and came running. It was obvious that she recognized the man and was excited to see him. When he opened the trunk of his car it was filled with loaves of bread and rolls and he began handing them out to the little girl and several other children who had run up to him by this time. We watched as they started devouring the bread as fast as they could. The man got back in his car and drove off.
From the first time we saw that mother on the side of the street with her pile of children, some clothed and some not, we have wanted to do something. To help in some small way. In this country it is so hard to know how to help and how to help in the right way. There is so much need everywhere you look. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed and helpless.
The man in the car with the bread and the rolls inspired us that day. He gave what he had and it was beautiful to witness.
And the King will answer them, "As you did to one of the least of these my brothers, you did to Me." Matthew 25:40