Google+

Tears of Sadness, Tears of Joy (Haley’s Story)

 

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

 

I’m a 25 year-old, single young woman boarding a plane to live in Africa for a year by myself. Am I Crazy? Probably. Am I Terrified? Definitely. Is this fate? Without a doubt.

 

Upon graduating from St. Mary’s College of California in the spring of 2011 with a degree in Kinesiology Health and Human Performance, I was looking forward to obtaining a master’s in nutrition, or possibly even teaching English in Spain. Little did I know

Haley Hunsaker with Crowd of Children in Malawi, Africa

Haley Hunsaker with Crowd of Children in Malawi, Africa

that today, my life wouldn’t resemble my model whatsoever—I chose adventure.

 

I had never had much of an interest in mission work, but felt God calling me to go to Africa. It was no coincidence that Coast Hills Community Church was planning a trip to Malawi in August 2011. Within five days of hearing about the trip, I was signed up. After three weeks in Malawi, helping hundreds of malnourished children gain access to a fortified peanut butter that would save them from certain death, I knew it was something I couldn’t live without.

 

As many unemployed, recent college graduates do, I was telling God ‘this is what I want to do, make it happen’. However, one day upon my return from Malawi, I broke down crying and prayed to God, asking that HE would show me what HE wanted me to do with my life. I promised to listen. The next day Stan Smith, Co-founder of PB+J Foods, Inc., called me and asked if I would meet with him. Halfway during our meeting, I agreed wholeheartedly to spend a year living permanently Malawi. He told me to go home and sleep on it, but I knew in that moment that THIS was the answer to my prayer.

 

Over the last year, I have had the blessing of creating the first PB+J plant, in partnership with Nkhoma Hospital, that creates and distributes fortified peanut butter—hands down my greatest triumph! I have also been able to witness firsthand the transformation in the lives of children that have been prescribed our fortified peanut butter paste. One of my favorite success stories involves a pair of triplets. These boys were born during my trip in August 2011 in Nkhoma Hospital to a mother who already had 3 children at home. In August 2012 when they came back in for a checkup, they only weighed 12 pounds, and were unable to stand. We learned that upon the birth of their three new sons, her husband left her with nothing, and the mother was not producing enough milk for all three newborns—a recipe for death. We started them on the peanut butter regimen immediately, and within 2 weeks they were well on their way to a full and happy life. Is there anything in life more fulfilling than saving the lives of these triplets and thousands of others?

 

My decision to say YES to Africa and to God’s plan has been the best decision of my life. My tears of sadness and frustration regarding my uncertain future quickly manifested into tears of joy upon accepting the adventure of a lifetime—creating a future for so many children of whom without PB+J, wouldn’t have even had one.

To help us Transform the Lives of Children visit:  PB+J Foods 

 

 

,

Entertainment

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series

  Chips Film Review by Kam Williams Dax Shepard and Michael Pena Co-Star in Raunchy Revival of Classic Cop Series Whenever a classic television series is made into a movie, the buzz always seems to be about whether the screen version will be a creative variation on the theme or merely a campy, cornball, take-the-money-and-run ripoff trading in familiar formulas and shopworn cliches. After all, for every inspired adaptation like Batman … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity

  2017 Hobbies That Bring You Serenity by Amy Lignor   Origami. Memory albums. Quilting. What do these have in common? Well, at one point or another in time, they have represented the “hottest” hobbies in the United States. Taking up hobbies are not only a fun thing to do for the “artistic/creative” type, but they also help to reduce stress. Even the AMA has cited the fact that taking up a hobby can produce a calming environment … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

The Versatile Ballyhoo

  The Versatile Ballyhoo By Capt. Gus Cane When targeting reef and offshore gamefish, the versatile ballyhoo is an excellent bait choice. Fished whole or cut into chunks, ballyhoo will entice everything from snapper to dolphin to blue marlin. It’s readily available, either live or frozen, and can be rigged in a variety of ways. Although common in subtropical waters around the globe, the Florida Keys is where ballyhoo first made an … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers?

  Will NASCAR Theatrics Bring Back Viewers? by Amy Lignor   For any of the millions who once watched ABC’s Wide World of Sports and heard the words “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat,” they remember the footage of a skier’s crash when it came to the “agony” side of things. Everyone knew that sight was a fact – a video that was absolutely real. Nowadays, however, it seems that more and more sports are “making up” shots that … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable retailers to either cut jobs or close stores as a result. However, when it comes to 2017, the National … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]