Megan’s job as an HR Generalist takes her to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was there that God began to instill in her an interest in development work and a heart for Africa. As she was praying about what God would want her to do with this desire, her friend encouraged her to join a Food for the Hungry (FH) short-term team.
Prior to going on the team, Megan was encouraged to sponsor a child. Since she was already sponsoring a child through another organization, she thought about passing up the opportunity to sponsor a second child. After careful consideration, however, Megan decided to sponsor a young girl named Aselefech through FH before she left. She could not have been happier with the decision. Meeting Aselefech impacted her greatly. Megan instantly fell in love with her, and her heart has been connected to the precious girl ever since. During their visit, Aselefech expressed a desire to become a teacher when she grew up, but Megan clearly saw the lack of educational opportunities in the community. As Megan talked with FH staff, they shared a desire to see a library established in the community.
Upon returning home, Megan began to act upon the transformation that she experienced during her trip. She was convicted to spend more time abiding in the Lord. She also began raising money and awareness for the construction of a library in Aselefech’s community. Connecting with those in her sphere of influence and through her blog, Megan put together creative fundraisers at restaurants and salons, in a yoga class and even involving her sister’s second-grade class.
Megan has become an advocate with FH and enjoys sharing stories about her friendship with Aselefech. She has been encouraging others to become child sponsors because she has seen firsthand how Food for the Hungry’s child development program is making a difference in children and their families.