What is required of you? “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) (NKIV)
What is required of us now that we have seen the needs of Peru? The children are hungry with no breakfast or lunch. Is it fair that they have no adequate protection against the elements and the people around them? Is it right that they have don’t have access to water? Don’t they deserve medical attention?
My pastor, Rod once asked, “If you were walking past a home that was on fire and you heard children sreaming for help would you walk on by and say, ‘God’s will be done’?”
If you don’t do it it may not get done. You have the power to make a difference.
We met a little guy who had been scalded by a pot of boiling water. His face and arms were badly burned. We were able to get him to a hospital and pay for his treatment. The immediately took him to surgery. One life was saved because someone took action.
We met a baby in one barrio who had a cleft palette. He was one month old and obviously needs a series of surgical procedures. His first surgery is $500 and we’re not sure what the rest will end up costing. This little boy won’t get help unless someone steps up and says, “I want to make a difference.” His mother can’t nurse him because his mouth won’t form around her so we are providing formula and a bottle for the moment.
If not you….Who?
We continued with our vacation Bible school in the barrios today. With many kids showing up our days have been hectic providing laughter, God’s word and food. Our guys on the construction crew worked to put a tin roof on a new community center and did some other finishing up work. They did manage to take time out to play volley ball with some of the kids.
Our hosts treated us to a beach party at the end of the day. We had a great fire and grilled hamburgers. It was a fabulous way to finish our day as we sat talking and laughing and sometimes crying. With the waves rolling in the background and the beautiful cool evening we felt refreshed and happy with our days’ work.