“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” – Proverbs 4:13.
I don’t know about you but sometimes it can be hard for me to hold on to instruction. For example, I have no idea how to solve trigonometry anymore, even though I once got an A in that class back in high school.
It can be easy to memorize things, but holding on to them is a different story. It’s something I’ve seen the people in our fields be much better at than I am.
I received an email earlier this week from Linly Gula, a Food for the Hungry (FH) employee in Cambodia. She sent me a series of photos from the community Anlong Veng in her country that had already graduated from FH programing. FH Cambodia staff returned to the community to see how they had been doing since they graduated. What she found when she returned was remarkable: they were holding on strongly to their instruction.
They found church members pooling their funds together to care for the sick. They found older students teaching younger students about hygiene. They found community members working together to build new roads. They found neighbors providing food for each other.
This is why FH has an exit plan. We teach communities how to be sustainable on their own and when they no longer need us, we leave. We trust these graduated communities to hold on to instruction, to not let it go, to guard it well. And because they do that so well, they are breathing life into their communities and it’s the most beautiful thing to see unfold.