Not many of us can truly understand the realities of living in poverty, but it is even more difficult to remember what the world looks like through the eyes of a child. As we mature, learn, and grow into adults, our perception of the world begins to change and we lose the child-like innocence and wonder.
Our team decided to conduct experiment with a few of the children in our Honduras programs – What does poverty look like through the eyes of a child? We gave eight children cameras for one day and asked them to take pictures throughout their day. We wanted to see what was important to them, their special places to play, and the community of people that surround them. At the end of the day, we had each child describe their photo and tell us what it means to them.
What did we find from this experiment? Most of these pictures portray some devastating conditions. But these children took pictures because they see beauty. They see hope. They have joyful memories. They have fellowship. And most humbling, they are thankful! They do not see their world as we do; they see it the only way they know how – as their home.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing these photos with you, and we pray that each photo and caption from these children will minister to your heart as they have ministered to ours. We invite you to step into these children’s stories and see the world through their eyes.