What Will You Do?

28 Jun

Blog post by Saundra P., Team Ethiopia 2012

Many years ago I sponsored a dear, orphaned child named Adeline who lived in an orphanage in Haiti. Adeline was 15 years old. But she looked to be much younger as she was so small. As a result of the sponsorship, Adeline received food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and went to school. I exchanged letters often with Adeline and I was also allowed to send her a small gift package. One day I received a photo in the mail of Adeline pictured with the gift of a Barbie, shoes, and hygiene items. Adeline had the biggest grin on her face. It touched me to see how much God loved her. That was my first experience with an orphaned child.

Adeline from Haiti

“Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor.” – Proverbs 22:9  

Since that sponsorship, I always wanted to go to Haiti and I never went until last year with Journey 117 Team Haiti. My second experience with orphans was while serving in Haiti with children and families who were living in extreme poverty and in such suffering that no person should ever have to witness. Starving children. Lack of clean drinking water. Poor living conditions. Sickness and death from easily prevented diseases. The lack of concern by a government that does not care about the wellbeing of its citizens. In spite of the terrible conditions in Haiti, orphans flourished when placed in loving homes or orphanages. The children had access to food, clothing, shelter, medical care and received a Christian education. Since returning from Haiti, not a day goes by that I don’t remember the smiles and laughter of those happy kids. The kids that are our future; a future made possible because God opened the heart of someone for the fatherless and the widow.

“Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked.” – Psalm 82:3-4

Saundra with a Haitian orphan

After I returned from Haiti, I knew I wanted to continue to serve globally in third world countries. I joined Journey 117 Team Ethiopia because I want to educate people about worldwide orphaned and abandoned children. I believe that God will use me to lead others to help care for the orphan and the widow. I believe that eyes, hearts and hands will be opened to needy children and lonely widows. My hope is that you, the person who is reading my blog, has a heart for the fatherless and the widow. What will you do? Where will you serve? The time is now. Pray about it. Take action as the gift of love is the greatest gift of all.

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Saundra resides in Florida and will be serving with Journey117 in July on Team Ethiopia. 

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