Today we continued the work we started on Monday with Vision Celestial. We worked at the school and at the church construction site.
When we arrived at the construction site there was already a crew of paid workers on site, building the foundation for a stairway, putting cement on the walls to finish them, and an electrician. Again today we were being watched by the neighbors, one of whom commented in English that we were doing a very good job. It is a relationship that we pray will become something more and that it opens a door for him to know the love and grace of our Heavenly Father.
We also had the assistance of kids who are associated with the Compassion International project. They wanted to join in helping us move the dirt. We know that this experience will stick with them for years to come.
At the school more of our group had the opportunity to meet their sponsor child, there were more reunions from previous trips, and continuation of building long-term relationships. These kids are a joy, and love to play with us. They are like any other kid. They enjoy Curious George books, Uno, and love to laugh just like kids in North America. Yet we recognize that God is using us to help provide hope to them where there would be no hope of a future beyond poverty and a life of difficulty. Even more exciting is that they love to share with us about our God of love! We cannot describe in words what the pictures relate about how they enjoy us playing with them.
We also initiated a new project to film and interview young adults who were sponsored as children and have grown up in the Compassion International program at Vision Celestial. We know how important it is to share their stories to encourage all of us in North America with the successes, and inform us about how God is using our decisions to provide support as worth far more than the financial cost. We see evidence of why the Compassion International programs work; because it is about relationship, not money.
The importance of relationship continues to show up. We are seeing that although we use different skills and styles and personalities, we are working towards one goal; to build relationships; relationships with kids, homeless, drug addicts, pastors, leaders, neighbors, hired workers, teachers, nurses, and even the employees at a local ice cream store where we make frequent visits. These are simply an extension of our relationship with Father, and Holy Spirit working through us, as a witness to what was done by Jesus Christ.
Today it is very clear how important our ministry is to all who are involved in delivering the program so that children can know hope and love in their lives. Building all of these relationships provide for children to know the love of God.
And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them: “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them. (Mark 10:13-16)