The Planting Is So Very Good

From Carita Feliz (Happy Face) Child Development Center (EC-478) in Ecuador.

At one point during our visit we walked to the back of the home, where the family owns a small plot of land that’s adjacent their grandfather’s land. The soil was rich, the land was tilled – but the family hadn’t finished planting all of their seeds.

A staff member from the Child Development Center asked us if we’d like to help, so Kelly, Patricia and I each grabbed a handful of corn. We’d turn over a section of soil, drop in four pieces of corn, then walk another foot and repeat the process. We did this over and over for about half an hour, moving from row to row, visiting with Rosa Maria and her children as we planted.

And on the third or fourth row, I looked down at what we were doing, and I thought, This is it. THIS IS IT.

seeds on top of soil

Barring something totally unexpected, I’ll never witness the harvest of those seeds.


I’m no less invested in the outcome just because I may not see it in person.

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  1. Gail November 9, 2011

    As sponsors we do plant and water seeds, and our children plant seeds also into our lives.

    “And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. ” John 4:36

    It is an honour to plant seeds into the lives of children so far away. So let us plant bountifully in prayer, gifts, advocacy and letters.

    “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Cor 9:6

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