Within minutes of meeting Mother Teresa she had unknowingly helped set a new course for my life by asking me a simple question: “Hal, what are you doing to help the poor and suffering?”
“Nothing, really,” I answered honestly, wishing I could have had something better to report.
She looked at me kindly and said, “Everyone can do something.”
Shortly, after that meeting with Mother Teresa in India, my brothers and I began distributing food from the back of a pickup truck to families in need in California. In the years since, we have seen Convoy of Hope reach around the world into the lives of more than 63 million people who are hungry, impoverished and hurting.
Our teams from Convoy of Hope have been on the frontlines in dozens of countries bringing emergency food, water, aid and supplies to victims of tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, floods and even terrorist attacks. They’ve also helped lift communities up throughout the world by bringing poverty-free days complete with free groceries and essential services to families who are struggling to get by. None of this would have been possible without our many friends who want to help those in need.
Words cannot adequately express how extremely grateful we are to the countless people, churches, businesses and organizations who have partnered with Convoy of Hope to bring help and hope throughout the world to so many people — including the more than 126,000 children in 11 nations who are fed regularly through our Children’s Feeding Initiative.
It’s an honor to be a part of an organization that gives everyone an opportunity to do something. As Convoy of Hope celebrates its 20th anniversary this year I cannot help but think of all of our friends who have helped make the world a better place by joining us in our efforts. I also cannot help but think of what the next 20 years hold as we continue our work together to bring help and hope to those in need.