It's been awhile since I have listened to the song "Kings and Queens" by Audio Adrenaline and Sunday morning I laid and bed and really listened to the words. The first time I heard this song I was preparing for my first missions trip to Haiti. It brought me to tears listening to the song and seeing the kids in the video. Now over a year later, I lay in my bed, in Haiti, where I live, laying beside a tiny boy with little hands and shoeless feet who just keeps looking at me. I think "Wow, here I am in this country where God led me and today He is sending me a reminder of why I am here."
This past weekend I met two children. A boy named Wilson who is 11 and a girl name Marie France who is 13. The moment I laid eyes on them, I knew that as a ministry we were going to help them and we are praying and waiting for the right people to step in and say "I will help you." A lot of people who come to this country for a short period time would look at these kids and probably hold back tears because of how bad they feel for them and wish they knew a way to help them. Me, I hold back tears because I see success in these two children. I see a future. I see love. I see Jesus.
Sunday Morning, I sing the lyrics and as I sing along I picture Wilson and Marie France. I want to share some of the lyrics with you and go deeper in what I feel for these two.
WILL WE LEAVE BEHIND THE INNOCENT TOO BRIEF?
Well will we? Are we going to read this and think oh someone else will help, I don't need to. Or will we say "I'll pray for them." Now don't get me wrong, prayer is powerfully and it changes lives of those around us, but sometimes God is asking YOU, not me, or that person but YOU to do more than just pray. He wants you to act. There comes a point where someone has to step up and say I'll do it even if you don't know how you might do it. Trust me I'll understand, I live in Haiti and there isn't a day that goes by where I wonder how I am going to do it. But I also have a very powerful God who is with me and knows how to do it.
THESE COULD BE OUR DAUGHTERS AND OUR SONS!
Literally these could be our children. It's hard to think that but think about all the kids all over the world who are adopted. They all came from a situation that we may never understand but we love them anyway. For me, I now have two sons because of a situation I'll never fully understand. Most of us should be thanking God every day for the life He gave us and the life we are able to give our children, but let's not forget about those that haven't been giving luxuries of what we have been given.
I KNOW MY GOD WON'T LET THEM BE DEFEATED.
I have been praying all weekend for individuals to step up and say they want to sponsor Wilson and Marie France. But I also know God works on His own timing and that they WILL get their sponsors and they will get the opportunity to go to school and eat nutritional meals. We are ALL God's children, so we have to take the responsibility of taking care of each other.
WON'T YOU LOOK AROUND THESE ARE THE LIVES THAT THE WORLD HAS FORGOTTEN.
When I sing these words, it hits me hard. It's a good chance it's because I live in a world like you where there are children all over the world waiting. Waiting to be loved. Waiting for their chance to be free. Waiting for their chance to attend school. Waiting for the day their belly is filled everyday. But it's even harder to sing these words when you live in a country where your neighbor is literally starving everyday and teens are sitting at the street corner because they can't afford to go to school or no one wants to help them because they aren't so small and cute anymore. I pray that God gives me the right words and sends me to the right people to speak for them and show them that they are still loved. We still love you, He still loves you!!!
IF NOT US WHO WILL BE LIKE JESUS, TO THE LEAST OF THESE.
Tell me who??? I need to know, I really do. We have to be the ones to be like Jesus. We are ALL called to take care of the least of these. You have so many opportunities right in front of you no matter where you are to take care of them. I wonder who will be like Jesus and help take care of Wilson and Marie France. Is it you?
I could probably write every line of this song but you would probably stop reading. But tonight I pray that you help us find sponsors for Marie France and Wilson. Share their picture, share my blog, share our facebook page. Call someone. Email someone. I know and believe that there is someone out there waiting to see their beautiful faces and say "It's me."
For $35/mth you can sponsor one of these two children and you will be giving them the opportunity to attend school, receive tutoring weekly, have healthy meals, hear the Gospel, and give them the chance to just be kids. I am so excited to be doing sponsorships and sharing updates with you about the kids you sponsor and allowing you to see and watch them grow.