Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beware Hard Truths Ahead!

I am going to Honduras this summer on a mission trip. I am going with 4 other women and we are doing a VBS with some children in an orphanage. This doesn't sound like the earth shattering stuff of impressive mission trips that build churches and what not, but it is significant. This will be the 3rd time these kids have seen our team leader, Katie Hawkins. This is the 2nd time they have seen another group member. Each time Katie has come back with other people. These are tangible people that create real memories for these children. These experiences and memories speak love to these children.

For most of these kids, they are in the orphanage not from parent death, but because they were taken away. Their parents chose drugs over a relationship with these wonderful children. I can't imagine how heartbreaking it is to know Mom and Dad are out there and just don't want you or aren't strong enough to say, "You are more important." On top of the devastation that is their family life, they live in a 3rd world country. They don't even get to go to school regularly because of weather, politics, and numerous other causes. We take for granted that we can go to work or school regularly. We take for granted that we can go to the store or restaurant and get anything we want. We take for granted that we can go to the doctor when we are sick. These are things that children in poverty do not get to experience. They fall prey to the worst lies this world has to offer, particularly the ones of hopelessness and worthlessness.

With all this against them, how can a little VBS make a difference? Well first of all, it's God and he always makes a difference. Second of all, there are real tangible people from a whole other place in the world that traveled all this way to see these kids. We are bringing clothes, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, and other things with us. These are objects that will remind these kids that people in that far away place are thinking about them. The kids of our church are making a gift for us to take with us to these kids and maybe photos of our kids making it for them. There is another tangible example of someone out there loving these children. Love does make a difference. God does make a difference. You can make a difference too. As little as $5 can make a difference for them. Are you willing to give it?

Will you tell this boy that you care?

Will you tell these girls that you love them?

Will you give hope to these children?

Click this link to donate to our team. If we raise $500, all the money will go directly to the orphanage. We are currently at $200 (or $400 depending on where other team members are at personally.) It isn't that far for us to get to our goal for them!!! Please help!

And a BIG thank you to all of those who have already helped. What you have given will make a difference!

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