Happy birthday to Christopher Eyde who will turn 11 on July 26th. Your mommy will be home in just a few days with many pictures and even more stories of God’s love.
Today we wrapped up our projects and spent time with our new friends in the barrios. After dinner we honored the missionaries to the six barrios with gifts for them and the barrios. We loaded them down with crayons, books, pens, pencils, socks, underwear, stocking caps, clothing, baby supplies and a ton of other necessities. One missionary showed a video he had put together. It was fabulous. He gave everyone who had worked in his barrio a copy.
As I watched the video I thought about the six couples and their families who spend six days a week working in their assigned barrios trying to elevate the standard of living for their brothers and sisters. I’m sure they get burdened with the overwhelming needs but they continue to smile and really love the people. One missionary told me he had seen poor before he came to his barrio but he had never seen people this poor. These people are the real heroes. They are there when the little girls become pregnant. They see the babies born who are so mal nourished they have countless medical problems. They see the men drunk and beating their wives. Daily they are faced with all the problems that stem from poverty yet they continue striving to make a difference. Longing to show these people the love of Christ. While we all return to our fabulous lives in the U.S they remain working for the cause of Christ.
“Is this Salvation war over? This war is just beginning. My part is coming to an end. But while I still have breath, I commit myself to strive for the Lord and all those who need Him. While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight: While little children go hungry as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, I’ll fight; while there yet remains one dark soul without the light of God; I’ll fight. I’ll fight to the very end! Fellow Christians, the war is not over. Win it for Jesus Christ!” ( William Booth-Founder of the Salvation Army. May, 1912)
Hope4Kids often partners with the Salvation Army whose theme has always been “heart to God and hand to man.” We agree with the founder, William Booth that this is indeed a war. First we need to love God with our whole heart and then we will extend your hand to others. We are so grateful to God and His mercy toward us that we want to have a lifestyle change. Tom challenged us to ask ourselves if we have had that change. First have you given your heart to God? It’s so simple. You just ask Him to forgive you and tell Him you accept that Jesus died for you and now you want to live for Him. Then ask yourself am I extending a hand? How can I multiply myself? What talent has He gifted me with that I can share with others? What resources can I give away? You might not ever go to Peru but you can go to your neighbor-you can reach out to your co-worker. You can love people right where you are.