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Life Fights for Life

Reported by Convoy of Hope

By Hal Donaldson

A scientist placed a plant in a room with no light. He was experimenting how long it would take for the plant to die from lack of sunlight. As the days passed, the petals wilted and turned brown. The plant struggled to live.

As he left for a trip, the scientist accidentally brushed the curtain by the door, which let a sliver of light into the room.

When he returned from his trip expecting to see the plant dead, he was astounded to see that the plant’s branches were stretching toward the thin beam of light that shone through the curtains. That tiny bit of light sustained the plant, even in surrounding darkness.

Every time I think of that story, I’m energized. To think that new life and new growth can form in just a tiny amount of light; that renewal and regeneration come from a single beam … especially now, as we’re surrounded by light with the spring season upon us.

This time of year is a favorite for many because the cycle of new life pushing its way out of the soil presents itself as a metaphor for our own lives. It’s as if we are all afforded fresh, new opportunities.

Just like the opportunities you, as a friend to Convoy of Hope, provide to women all over the world that enable them to grow crops and provide for their families. Through your partnership, we’ve educated and trained more than 5,500 women and girls in six countries around the world — 3,091 of those women were given seed capital to start their own businesses.

Women who could not give their children food before are now running successful businesses, building their own homes, and sending their children to school — things they never expected they could do.

Thank you for helping Convoy give women a better life for their families, and for being that sliver of light to a wilting plant.


As we gather around the table this holiday season, let's consider the role we can play in advocating for kids around the world. By giving a gift through Convoy's Gift Catalog at, you can feed kids nutritious meals all around the world! 🍽️