Looking for Food

Looking for food Luz is going to the farmers market today. She is taking her 3-year-old daughter, Vanesa, with her, to search for food. Thousands of mothers for many years have come here daily to find food for their families.

  • Join Luz and Vanesa as they look for food by clicking on the image below to a view a slideshow of their search.
  • Select “Show Info” in the upper right hand corner of the slideshow to read each photo’s caption.


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  1. Mike Stephens April 4, 2009

    That’s great Judith!!!

    It is definitely taking the picture on faith!!! To actually be there would be completely different!!!

    Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

  2. Judith Tremblay April 3, 2009

    Such a sad story. How many of our children’s families survive in this manner, or very close to this way? If I knew that this was the situation for my child’s family, I’d definitely do what I could to send a more substantial family gift. We’re allowed to send up to $300 a year…I sent $50, since that’s about a month’s salary in my child’s area. I don’t know how far it will go yet, though.

  3. Vicki Small April 3, 2009

    This gives whole new meaning to the concept of an “open-air market.” I cannot fathom what it is really like to “shop” at the garbage pile in order to feed my family. God have mercy on our ungrateful, complaining hearts!

    Okay, I’m testifying for myself.

  4. Jenny April 3, 2009

    Hey everyone-
    I feel the same way…I go on with my little life, stepping over Lazurus…
    I like seeing these “real life” photos. I’m thinking of making a link to my blog with, for example, a picture of this “farmers market” next to a picture of one here in the US. Not to guilt people, but just to illustrate the difference, putting into perspective how much we, especially in the US, have.

  5. Mike Stephens April 3, 2009

    Thank you Edwin,

    You help us see the reality in the world that is so contrasted from our reality.

    I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for YOU!!!”

  6. Barbara M. April 3, 2009

    Do you ever just stop dead in your tracks in the grocery store and wonder “what in the world?” We shop, throwing items into our carts as though it were the most normal thing in the world. This is one of the many things I love about Compassion, it shows us how it really is for most of the world. I second Megan’s comments. Thank you Compassion for being there and keeping us well informed.

  7. Megan April 3, 2009

    How do we let this go on, while we hoard goods and waste resources to glorify ourselves.

    May God richly bless those like Lazarus, who suffer in silence at our gates while we indulge our lusts. How incomplete is our sanctification.

    Lord, break us of ourselves.

  8. Jill Foley April 3, 2009

    Wow…I cannot imagine. I will NOT complain about the price of groceries anymore…I will be thankful that I have the opportunity and the ability to buy fresh food from a grocery store.

  9. Britt April 3, 2009

    I have to go grocery shopping today…and I was dreading it. I feel awfully foolish at the moment…we have so much to be thankful for.

    I loved the caption of the last photo, that Vanesa is Liliana’s first pupil :)

  10. Lindy April 3, 2009

    Wow! This one breaks my heart! I’m so glad they are getting the help from Compassion. I just can’t imagine knowing that my daughter had to get food for my grandchildren this way!

  11. Amy Wallace April 3, 2009

    Wow…this makes me cringe at the thought of my fridge full of food…

    I’m going to see this poverty first hand when I go to Colombia in July. It’s going to be a good, swift kick in my Western butt, that’s for sure.

    I also need to mention Vanesa is absolutely adorable!

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