My mother is the most influential person in my life. She’s my best friend, my confidant and my finest example of a godly woman. Perhaps the same is true for you, or perhaps you are a mother, or perhaps you know an awesome woman who has mothered you and others in many ways. Scripture teaches us to honor our mothers.
In Proverbs 6:20, we’re told to not forsake our mother’s teaching. In Isaiah 66, we are told that God himself will comfort as a mother comforts. A mother has a special love, a special insight for her children. This is why we at Food for the Hungry (FH) believe in mothers. We believe in equipping mothers and teaching them how to overcome poverty in their family.
Why? It’s incredibly effective.
Rokeya Begum, 33, is a mother of two. FH training allowed her to get a loan to run a cow business, learn how to read, and improve her marriage.
Take Rokeya Begum from Bangladesh for example. She is a 33-year-old mother of two and her family was suffering. They didn’t have money for enough food or to pay her children’s school fees. Her relationship with her husband was poor.
Then Rokeya joined a literacy group and a savings group. She learned how to read and write, how to sign her name and how to do basic calculations and budgeting. She learned about hygiene and the use of a latrine for her family’s health. Then Rokeya taught her family these tactics. Her husband respected her and held her in high esteem. They began working together and now she says their marriage is restored. She was able to take a loan from the savings group and with her new skills, start a cow raising and milking business. Now she makes enough money to feed her family and send her children to school. This mother is making a difference.
After lots of work and prayer, Cecilia has helped her son get to the weight he should be.
Another example is Cecilia in Guatemala. She was struggling to feed her young son Pedro Brian, and she knew she had to do something. So she partnered with FH through a nutrition program where she learned how to feed him properly and have a balanced diet. She was willing to work for the best health for her child, and he’s gaining weight and getting healthy!
Mothers are strong!
Think about the strength a mother like Polline in Uganda. After being held captive by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) for eight years, and bearing the second-in-command three children, she escaped. And she was ready to start new and fight for her life back. She joined an FH training program where she learned job skills to provide for her children. After getting married to a man she loved, they conceived. Then she learned the bad news: she was HIV positive. She jumped into action and began early intervention through FH to ensure her baby had a better future than the rest of the family did. Her baby boy was born HIV negative. Praise God for Polline’s fighting spirit.
Haya sits with her family in Lebanon.
Haya in Lebanon is perhaps the epitome of maternal strength and determination. After someone in her community in Syria was beheaded, she carried her three youngest children over the mountains into Lebanon to ensure their safety. Despite the snow and the difficult journey, she knew she had to do what was necessary to save her children. Now, they are doing well in Lebanon thanks to partnering with FH. (Click here to read more about FH’s work in Lebanon).
Mothers make a difference!
If you are a mother, thank you for making a difference in your family and being an example to them like so many women are around the globe. God made you for this role.
If you have a mother who led your family this way, make sure to thank her and send her love and appreciation this Mother’s Day.
If neither applies to you, know that God loves you and will comfort you. Then see how you can learn from mothers like these to better help those you know.