11 Jun A Dark Hypothetical
Just for a moment, please put yourself in this child’s shoes. Imagine what the world would look like if you could see it through his eyes. We spent some time with this child while we were in Swaziland last year. We couldn’t orally communicate with him, but we could hold him and give him some much needed attention. There was no way to know the exact circumstances of this child’s life. He had no caregiver with him for us to ask about any details or needs that the child may have specifically had.
Perhaps this child is one of the 120,000 orphans in Swaziland who has lost both of his parents. Perhaps he lost both of them to HIV/AIDS. Maybe he lives in one of the 15,000 homes in Swaziland that are run by children. Was he born with HIV? Does he have an older sibling who had no choice other than becoming the leader and protector of his brother? Does he get at least one meal a day? This is a dark hypothetical for us, but for thousands of children in Swaziland these situations are a daily reality.
Put yourself in this little one’s shoes and think about how much it would mean to be loved, nurtured, and encouraged as you moved through life when you previously had very few people to rely on. Think about how it would feel to know nothing but darkness, but suddenly to see even the smallest ray of light. Christ is documented in the book of Matthew as saying: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” When He said this he was referring to those who follow Him and how their lives will reflect the awe inspiring gift that they have received through His life, death, and resurrection.
Don’t look at this boys face and feel guilty for all the comforts we have in western culture. Don’t think that by writing this we are attempting to manipulate anyone. But know that our goal is to go to and live amongst children like this one to love and serve them with everything we have. We want you to know that you can help us accomplish this through your prayers and through your finances. For us, seeing these little ones in the flesh changed our lives forever. How beautiful a thing it is to be able to take part in positively impacting theirs.
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