PERSPECTIVE

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.

So what

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.



God has

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

transforming.

“We are

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

Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 6, p. 284

For this

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).

I know

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!

Norma Nashed
Norma Nashed is the founder and president

of Restore a Child, a non-profit organization that serves more than 4,000

children in 15 countries. She runs the organization from her home. She was

diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago, while working at the General Conference At

that time she felt called by God to leave her job and dedicate her life to

disadvantaged and orphaned children. Learn more about Restore a Child, its

mission and projects at: www.restoreachild.org/

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