Return, O faithless children, I will heal your faithlessness. “Here we come to you; for you are the Lord our God.” Jeremiah 3:22
And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:6
I am in Guatemala City this week looking at potential mission sites with a group called Children’s Hope Chest International. The trip has been very inspirational, encouraging, and edifying. The children are delightful. The Care Point (CP) leaders are dedicated. The buildings are small and very basic. But the Ministries are thriving and life-changing.
High on the list of encouragement is the approach of Hope Chest in screening and facilitating partnerships for mission support here. They identify ministries through a thorough vetting process to determine whether they will offer them as a potential CP. These CPs must be Christian, dedicated to spreading the Gospel, and have a sustainable ministry plan (aided by US partnerships and support).
The two CP’s we visited yesterday had more than 300 children in each place. One was a private Christian school. The other a drop-in before and after school care ministry. Key to the ministry at the drop-in center is a model by which students who come there (at no cost) must volunteer for chores and eventually may even serve as unpaid volunteer teachers in the center. Parents – often single mothers – must also volunteer and serve on a monthly basis.
I was able to share the Gospel with the children at the school by means of the Evangelcube (a small cube that unfolds in a creative way, showing various pictures depicting the essential elements of the Good News of Jesus). They loved it and wanted me to repeat the story again and again. These children have a special pace in my heart and, more importantly in God’s heart. We are children of God through Jesus Christ. We have been adopted into God’s family.
These verses remind me of the need of many of the children we saw yesterday. They are not orphans in the traditional sense of the term. Their homes may be made of tin. They may not have a father present. They definitely need the loving care that they are receiving – together with hope for a better future through their education.
The Good News reflected in the Bible passages for today is that God’s love reaches out to us. He has a special care for the widow and the orphan. His love transcends even our faithlessness.
How much more hope and confidence can we have as we hold faithfully to his promises and seek his reign and rule in more and more people’s lives!