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See the handsome little man in this post? His name’s Theoneste and I love that little face now as much as I did when I first saw it on January 2nd. Isn’t he a doll? Look at his little shoulders?
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to do more for those who can’t do more for themselves. My heart has a particular heaviness for children who are in need, so I spent New Year’s Day researching children’s charities and organizations. After doing my homework, I decided that World Vision was perfect. My family is sponsoring the little angel above (Theoneste). We got our “welcome kit” yesterday with pictures, a magnet, a cd, and lots of fascinating information. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be sponsoring more children or even a family.
Please don’t think I’m bragging – I have no reason to brag, whatsoever. It was foolish of me not to have done this years ago. If I had started sponsoring children, say 10 years ago – how much good could have already been done? I can’t even think about that – it makes me uncomfortable in my skin. I also don’t want to mentally calculate the money I spend on exotic coffees and teas, only to realize the impact that same amount of money could have on someone else’s life.
As we sit in our comfortable homes, with our computers in front of us, a stocked refrigerator at our disposal, clean water when we need it, and more clothes than we’ll ever need – there are people in the world who must think we live like kings and queens. Yet we complain if our sofa isn’t new or we have to get a new microwave.
Having Theoneste’s precious face looking down at me from the bulletin board in the kitchen does more than just keep my thoughts in perspective. It reminds me that we’re all under God’s loving eye and that we should look after one another. Children are a gift from God, whether they’re the children in the next room (currently playing her music way too loud!), or the children in a village in Rwanda. As adults, shouldn’t we do everything in our power to improve the lives of these little ones?
I would urge you to visit World Vision.org or a similar organization, but I have a feeling you’re already headed in that direction. If that’s the case, you’re about to begin an adventure that’ll touch your life as deeply as it does the child on the other end.
Jesus said, “…whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:5 (NIV)