Feed My Starving Children

Emma and new buddy, Sofia H., work to pack food bags destined for hungry children in Nicaragua.

Emma and new buddy, Sofia H., work to pack food bags destined for hungry children in Nicaragua.

In mid-April, three members of the Jenkins family (Dan, Sue & Emma) headed off to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for “Pre-field Training, or PT Live.”  Among the many experiences we shared during the week, Dan and Emma had the opportunity to help pack food for an organization called Feed My Starving Children.  Dan, Emma and the other missionary kids at PT Live donned hairnets and pushed up their sleeves to help serve others who are less fortunate.
 
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit organization that utilizes the service of volunteers to package food that will be shipped to third-world countries, where children are dying of starvation.  Schools, churches and corporations can host food-packing events and help fight the battle against world hunger.  The food distributed by FMSC was designed specifically to meet the needs of malnourished children up to age 8.
According to Emma, the food is as delicious as it is nutritious.  “It’s good–it tastes like Rice-A-Roni,” she said.
This was a great opportunity for Emma to share in God’s call to serve the poor.  (“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.”  Proverbs 22:9, NLT)
Emma in action.

Emma in action.

This food is packaged and ready to ship.  The ReachGlobal team of missionary kids packed 5,000 meals, or enough to feed 14 kids for a year.

This food is packaged and ready to ship. The ReachGlobal team of missionary kids packed 5,000 meals, or enough to feed 14 kids for a year.

Emma, the Song Lyricist …

Since about age 2, Emma has enchanted us with her ability to recreate songs to suit her situation (a skill she inherited from her mother).   At age 2 1/2, Emma reworked the theme song to one of her favorite TV shows, “Bear in the Big Blue House,” to emphatically declare to Mommy that she did NOT want to leave the park to return home for a nap.  As we pulled into the driveway of our home, Emma very defiantly began singing, “No, I just can’t be at home …” (to Bear’s tune, “Oh, it’s great to be at home …”).   

While we often giggle at her antics, Emma recently wrote out* a song that really moved her mommy’s and daddy’s hearts.  Take a look at the Spirit at work in our beautiful girl’s heart. …

“Undivided Heart”

Your Word goes out to all the earth, and I hear you …

I hear you call me to obey, and to trust you and strengthen my will to follow …

And give me an undivided heart, an undivided heart.

(*Copyright disclaimer:  Emma and I discussed the origin of this song again and learned it is from her summer program at church–not the work of a prodigy. …  We are nonetheless proud of her taking this song to heart and treasuring its words … and we’re having another conversation about truth v. untruth. …)