I thought Meals from the Heartland was doing something big. I was amazed at all the people wanting to package these meals for free to help starving people all over the world. Last year after packaging meals at Veteran’s Auditorium, I looked out the window overlooking the packaging area and what I saw brought tears to my eyes. I was proud of Iowa helping starving children. Not long after this my Mom started talking to me about going to Blessman Ministries in South Africa through a mission trip with Lutheran Church of Hope. We watched all the videos from the Blessman website and what excited me the most was being able to see the meals I packaged help children.
So we decided to go to South Africa. The first full day we were in South Africa we got to go to church and after church service we fed the kids Meals from the Heartland. Some of these kids haven’t eaten much, this is their one good healthy meal for the week. You could tell that they are thankful for the people that brought these meals to them so they can eat.
The rest of the time we were there we got to see the storage unit they keep Meals from the Heartland, then we got to deliver the meals, make the meals, feed people the meals and try Meals from the Heartland.
We went to a preschool, they call it a creshe’. There was a little girl that was 2 1/2 that has never had Meals from the Heartland and couldn’t sit up by herself because she was new to the creshe’.
The kids that were eating Meals from the Heartland were running and playing soccer with us and were healthy. The women that help at the Creshe’ said the little girl will get better soon if she keeps eating Meals from the Heartland! It is amazing what you do.
￼￼￼We have been home now a couple of weeks. I think now Meals from the Heartland feeds so many more people than I thought. I think they are way more important to the world than I could have ever imagined. I thought the packets fed a lot less people but when you cook a package they grow to feed 6 people. They save lives.
I was so excited to know that as soon as I got back my mom signed us up for the Spring Break packaging event! Then my Grandpa said that he is helping every day with the set up team and said I can help him whenever I want! I am so excited to be there every day to make as many meals I can for all the children in the world that are in need.
Thank you Meals from the Heartland and everybody that packages meals for them. Thank you!