Below is your work space and it stretches for 3 city blocks…. Your survival and your family’s survival depends on your finding any scrap that can be sold for pennies amidst mountains of rubble….. Let’s now talk about your vision for life and how your 5 children will get educated.
Members of a small congregation outside of Mexico City have spent 8 months saving money to buy these bricks to construct a building that will take care of 48 children that lack even the minimal necessities of life…. you and I find this gift from God and step in an accelerate the process that would otherwise take 15 years.
Her father tried to kill her because he did not want a child, her mother tried to sell her to raise money, daily she witnessed her mother being beaten, daily her father took drugs in front of her, she witnessed drug shootings, her father ended up in a wheel chair, many friends were taken by force by men at gun point, malnutrition, lack of money, limited education, no one to protect you…..destined to a life of prostitution and drugs….. this time she was snatched from the clutches of the devil by Christians from an orphanage/children center….. How can you not hug her and tell her you are sorry and that you feel her pain when she publicly shares her testimony and it rips your heart out?
I was sitting on a public bus in Guatemala and a young man got on and talked to 40 people about his love for Christ, how he had been rescued from a life of drug gangs and how he now has a wife, kids and a happy home. He preached from the Bible for 20 minutes to a captive non-believing group who quietly heard how the Word of God tells us how to love and raise children. At the end he prayed and 3 people accepted Christ as their Savior. Could you or I have the courage to do what he does 4 times a week for 3 hours to bring others to Christ and hear His Word? His example talked to me.
What would you say if your 13 yr. old was pregnant? What if she was the daughter of someone you knew or knew of? What if she was the daughter of someone you didn’t like or someone who had been unfair with you? Alexandra in her wisdom, counsels to refrain from criticizing or condemning. Be tough hearted with numbers and injustice; be soft hearted with people and life situations.
What if a grade school friend, the son of one of the most famous men in Latin America, confides in you after not seeing you in 20 years that his travel and study time has really been time in jail for a decade and that he feels like the black sheep of his family and a prisoner? What do you say to that without giving a “pat” Christian answer…. You and I know the answer to most of life’s issues is found in Christ and the Bible but the way we deliver that truth is important. Shame is a cruel companion.
2,000 evangelical leaders and pastors met in Guatemala to set strategy and goals for all 44 countries south of the US. Guatemala after Haiti, is the most difficult country for children in Latin America but from this crucial meeting in Guatemala the decision to emphasize the evangelism of children through local churches by meeting their needs was taken. Children are often the most vulnerable and unprotected but 80% of those that come to Christ are children… there is a God-lesson there.