What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-time road trip in a beaten-up Landrover rapidly grew to become Magnus’s life’s work – leading him to leave his job, sell his house and direct all his efforts to feeding thousands of the world’s poorest children.
Magnus retells how a series of miraculous circumstances and an overwhelming display of love from those around him led to the creation of Mary’s Meals; an organisation that could hold the key to eradicating child hunger altogether. This humble, heart-warming yet powerful story has never been more relevant in our society of plenty and privilege. It will open your eyes to the extraordinary impact that one person can make.The Shed That Fed a Million Children, a new HarperCollins book by MacFarlane-Barrow, looks at the very personal and often very painful experiences that gave rise to this unique organization’s vision, beginning in war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992.
But the story of Mary’s Meals really begins another decade earlier, when MacFarlane-Barrow’s family made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Medjugorje in the same region. Medjugorje was the site of reported apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to six local children. The young family from Scotland found themselves praying the rosary alongside the young visionaries, and it was an experience they wouldn’t soon forget. “During those few days in Medjugorje, I experienced a feeling of deep joy unlike anything I had felt before,” MacFarlane-Barrow writes. “I felt exhilarated. Our Lady had come to tell us that God existed. I believed her with every fibre of my being. I decided to respond to Our Lady’s invitation in my life as best I could.”
Published by HarperCollins UK. Distributed by Jonathan Ball Publishers. Available June 2015.