give hope - restore a child
Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
Have you ever felt completely alone—that no one cares for you and no one shares your plight? That you are betrayed, disappointed and without any hope of overcoming
your circumstances? Have you ever
hoped for something but could see no way for your hope to be realized or come
true? The feeling of hopelessness is debilitating; it makes one’s heart sick: the spirit is broken, one cannot think
clearly, the brain cannot function effectively, and soon the body is overtaken
by the absence of the will to try, to survive. And then we open God’s Word in
search of hope and comfort and we read: “You number my wanderings, put my tears
into your bottles; are they not in your book?” (Ps. 56:8).
God’s word is the only thing that gives us the assurance of hope. This is an enormous advantage over those who don’t know God.
does hope mean to a Christian—to a child of God? A desire for something with
the possibility that it will happen? Does it mean to have an expectation for
future good? God’s word is the
only thing that gives us the assurance of hope. This is an enormous advantage over those who don’t know God.
chosen us and entrusted us to be His stewards and ambassadors of the hope we
have in Jesus. Wherever people cherish hope and long for its fulfillment, men
and women called by God to serve His people and provide help, are expected to
lead people to a realization of their hopes.
Some of us
have never had an encounter with poverty because we grew up in homes where our
parents took care of our needs.
Jesus’ last words were: “I will
not leave you orphans…” But in this world there is a segment of humanity that
is losing hope. These are innocent and vulnerable orphan children, 200 million
of them, world-wide, who have lost their parents. To them, all that is left is
hope. Six million children die
every year due to hunger. Jesus said:
“I was hungry…” These children represent Jesus Himself. There is not
much for them out there except for their own determination to survive. Hope
becomes tangible only when we provide for their needs. An encounter with real poverty and a
deeper understanding of the needs of those less fortunate is truly
counseled that orphans are lent to Christians in trust for God.” They are a
“sacred trust.” (Testimonies
to the Church, Vol. 6, p. 281). “The Lord did tell Peter: “Feed My lambs.” By opening our homes and hearts to the orphans
we share in the literal, material fulfillment of the words of Jesus
(Testimonies to the
Church, Vol. 6, p. 284).
“The Lord did tell Peter: “Feed My lambs.” By opening our homes and hearts to the orphans we share in the literal, material fulfillment of the words of Jesus
reason I gave up my secure job and life of comfort 15 years ago while battling
cancer and committed my life to serving thousands of orphaned children. I
comforted myself with the words of Jesus when He said, “And the King will
answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one
of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (Matt. 25:40, NKJV).
there is One who has promised these orphans hope. He is “Father of the fatherless…. But the needy will not
always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish” (Ps. 9:18) God’s promises can be fulfilled only if
we, as faithful stewards, will use the resources and talents He has entrusted
to us, to be stewards of His hope “…Christ in you, the Hope of glory” (Col.
1:27). Only then will hope have
meaning in the lives of the despairing.
“Hope is the
anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…” (Heb. 6:18-19, KJV). Let’s share that kind of hope and throw
a life-line for the 200 million hungry orphans in this world today. Give hope
and restore a child today!