Jun 12 2013

Guatemala Day 3

Before you dismiss this with a "why should I care", let me challenge you with something Francis Chan said,

"Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and about loving the people He has made." 

You may never set foot in Guatemala, but you should care about the people here, about these kids that we have been visiting in the orphanage.   Yesterday was one in which I was so overwhelmed at what we saw,  children who have been cast off by their families, for any number of reasons, just wanting a place to call home, and yet I was overjoyed at what I saw happening in the few hours that we got to spend with them.

So often we think that doing something for God has to be on this mammoth scale, for Him to be pleased, and yet it is in the small things that we offer,  in which we see God move.  In the Bible, how often to you see God make much of the small things?  He will take what we offer and do far more than we ever thought possible, which is exactly why we should purpose every day to offer whatever little we may have, to whomever God may put in our path.  The shoes that you gave during the K-LOVE Pledge Drive through Shoes For Orphan Souls are small, but they are accomplishing HUGE things here in Guatemala!  They are a reminder to these children that "I am not alone", "there is someone who loves me", and most importantly "God hasn't forgotten me".  With God there is power is in a simple gift.

On the basketball court I met Anthony, a 7 year old little boy whose toes were hanging out of his shoes, his chalk drawing told an amazing story, it was a simple house, but what it represented was far more telling, Anthony longs for family!  As I washed his little feet, I reminded him that he has a family; I pointed to all of us visiting and told him that we are his family and that we love him, in that moment tears filled Anthony's eyes, and a smile crept across his sweet, little face with a reassurance that he was not forgotten.

Then there was sweet little Crystal, she is 5, but is about the size of a 2 year old due to the malnutrition that she has suffered.  She stole my heart, Crystal has a tracheotomy to breath, and although she can speak, it comes out as the faintest of whispers, through the tube in her throat.  She would not let me go, other kids could have one arm, just as long as she had he other.  Within minutes, I became "papa", "daddy".   She loved her shoes, but what she loved even more than the shoes was the simple note inside that said, "Jesus Loves You".  Crystal would whisper "papa vamos", which translates to "daddy go there" and we would go to someone she was pointing to on the playground,  Crystal would show them the note, and then declare as loudly as she could through that little whisper in her throat, "Jesus te ama!" "Jesus loves you!" and then whisper, just as enthusiastically, "Jesus me ama!", "Jesus loves me!" as she pointed to herself.

The power of a simple gift… a pair of shoes, a simple note declaring Jesus' love, a little bit of your time.  None of these things cost a lot, or take a lot of effort, but God will use them to change someone's life.  Yesterday they changed Anthony's, Crystal's and mine.  So what are you waiting for?  Make your life matter today by loving God and the people He has made.

Thank you to Shoes for Orphan Souls and to YOU, for making all this possible!

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6/12/2013 2:29:54 PM
Paula United States
Wow! A single a pair of shoes!!  And my kids ask for something each time we go to Wal-Mart.  I will remind them of this story each time they ask.
My tears whelp with tears as I read your story, not from sadness, but from guilt that we have so much, and they have so little.  It is so unfair!  But as you say, "Even if we give a bit at a time, we are giving for Him." Lord, please bless our friend there holding your babies and loving them in all of our names.  Thanks, guys!!
6/12/2013 9:19:26 PM
romeo United States
I was listening to Scott's call from Guatemala earlier and I was really touched. I hope someday I can be a missionary. Or at least physically go to mission trips.  When I was on Okinawa, Japan for almost 3 years, my church, YIC, used to go to the Philippines and Cambodia twice a year for these medical missions and I never went. I feel guilty now knowing I could have made a difference and be employed by the greatest boss in the universe. Use me God and I will go!
6/13/2013 8:16:00 AM
Maria United States
I have been going to Guatemala for five years with my church to help in an orphanage home and build homes and I every time we get ready to come home I cry, because I don't want to leave. I know my life was changed forever the first time I started going on mission trips.  God Bless all of you for giving up your time to help the wonderful people of Guatemala!!
6/13/2013 11:24:11 AM
Cynthia Hidalgo United States
Cynthia Hidalgo
Thank you for what you did in my country!! Thank you for putting a smile on those kids.

Mi Guatemala bonita JESUS te AMA!

Thank you all for making this happen. GOD Bless you always!!
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