Nicki Boyd, a social work major at the University of Texas at Arlington, spent a week during Christmas break with six other college girls to serve with Go Now Missions on the World Hunger Relief Farm near Waco. While at the farm, the team milked goats, helped with farm chores and learned about world food systems and their responsibility as Christians to help the hungry around the world. Below, Nicki shares a little about her experience and her first impressions.
Today is my first full day at the World Hunger Relief Farm. I have gotten to know my group pretty well after spending a very cold night together in the Nicaragua House. The Nicaragua house is a model home of what Habitat for Humanity builds for their tenants in Nicaragua.
These houses basically have 4 walls and a bamboo roof and are built for the very hot rainy climate of Nicaragua. And they don’t include electricity or running water. It didn’t seem very suitable for the seven of us Texas girls who never even thought of experiencing winter without heating and without a toilet that flushed.
We got to know each other pretty well by sleeping very closely around our small oven fire. Even though this type of house was not designed for Texas, it’s actually similar to what some Americans experience and so many more around the world.
We started the morning at 6:30 a.m. with basic chores around the farm like milking goats, watering plants, collecting firewood and feeding baby chicks and chickens. Then we met back up for devotion and breakfast. Afterwards, we continued with more chores around the farm.
Our delicious vegetarian lunch was prepared by using crops grown on the farm. Later we were able to meet with Neil Miller, Executive Director of the Farm, and he shared his testimony with us of his experience as a missionary in Haiti.
We ended the day with a Hunger Banquet, which demonstrated what many people around the world would experience daily in their struggle for food. We learned mind-blowing facts about how 25,000 children die daily from starvation and also that with a salary of $9,000 a year, you are considered rich or among the wealthy class world-wide. That isn’t a lot of money here in America with our standard of living. But if you think about it, even our poor are better off than most people of other countries.
We learned many other facts along with these that helped me to realize just how fortunate we are in America, how fortunate I am. And this is only the first day. I feel that this experience is going to teach me a lot about God’s heart for the nations and explain more specifically what I can do in my community and how I can make a difference in our world.