I was in Peru with a team of young missionaries (through YWAM) for a month. It was my first overseas mission trip and I didn't realize at the time how much it would change my life. But there was one moment in particular that will forever impact my heart and life.
It was at the very beginning of the trip. We went to a nearby open space, a run down basketball court, to practice our drama for the day. As we were practicing, a little boy and a little girl appeared. They shuffled down one of the little alleys that lead to the court, the boy about 5 and the little girl no more than 4. You could tell they were brother and sister. But that wasn't the part that caught us by surprise. The boy lead the girl by one hand and the other hand of the little girl was stretched out to the side, feeling for the wall. The little girl was blind.
They settled down and the boy watched us a for a little, his sister glued to his side. One of our Spanish speaking missionaries went to talk to the kids. The little girl jumped when he spoke, she hadn't known he was there. They talked for bit and eventually the kids left. The little boy shepherding the girl close to him so she wouldn't get hurt by what she could not see.
As I look back now, the questions flood in. What kind of dreams and hopes does this little girl have? What will her future look like? What will her brother's? What is her family like? What was their story? What were their names?
To think that so many children around the world are looking for someone to love them.
1 Timothy 1:5 challenges us: "The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith." ESV.
The aim of charge is love. Our aim is to love others. How are we doing at loving others?
A really great way to put our love into actions is to sponsor a child. For $38 a month, you can save children from a life of poverty. We can give them dreams for a future. They will be introduced to Jesus and given the blessing to go to school, get checkups and receive encouragement from their sponsors as well as the Christians who work at the Compassion center.
This is one of the ways that we can put love into action. How are we going to show the world that our aim, as Christians, is to love others?
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