How a humble Lenten act yielded amazing fruit

Little acts of love = help for hundreds of children.

Open quote mark “My hope and prayers are that the children know that God loves them. I pray that these children realize that there are people around the world who want them to be fed and to be well. We show our love for Him by loving them.” Close quote mark

The story of Mary’s Meals is all about “little acts of love” from people around the world.  Dean Quinn and his family from Houston, TX, are inspiring examples of how these little acts of love come to life.

Dean first learned of Mary’s Meals four years ago after hearing an interview with Mary’s Meals’ founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. This sparked a passion in him to give hope to hungry children and led him to make a bold Lenten commitment to Mary’s Meals - to pray and donate daily to feed a hungry child in their place of education. His commitment resulted in 40 more children being fed in their place of education for an entire school year!

This Lenten routine left Dean wanting to learn more about Mary’s Meals and how he could do more for the children. He found inspiration by viewing the films: Child 31 and Generation Hope. He read Magnus’ best-selling book The Shed that Fed a Million Children, and learned more about the impact of our work on the Mary’s Meals website.

“As I was learning about Mary’s Meals feeding programs, I found stories of children helping to raise funds to Sponsor A School.” He discussed this idea with his wife Christy.

 “We imagined that sponsoring a school allowed us to make a bigger impact and help an entire community.” Dean believes in the power of prayer and said, “My hope and prayers are that the children know that God loves them. I pray that these children realize that there are people around the world who want them to be fed and to be well. We show our love for Him by loving them.”

To fund the school, Dean and Christy created a family tradition to give a gift to Mary’s Meals on behalf of the entire family. They felt that sponsoring a school was the ideal gift, and each year, a white envelope is carefully placed on the tree for their two boys to open. Additionally, Dean set up a fundraising page to help spread the word of his passion and invite more people into the Mary’s Meals community. The project called, “Feed My Sheep,”  was named after the words in John 21:17. “Jesus said, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, 'Feed my sheep'.”

Dean’s passion for the next hungry child is so humble and truly exemplifies the values of Mary’s Meals. “I only think of what I am doing for these children as being grateful for what I have and, perhaps, my little acts of love will help people. And if my story causes one person to help one more child – what better outcome can there be? That’s what it’s all about.”

Find your inspiration this Lenten season by watching Child 31 with your church or family.