To me, blogs are like scrapbooks of my life. Since I’ve abandoned Semkee/Seeds, I’ve decided to re post some of my older posts here on my new blog.
I wrote this post on April 6, 2011:
People usually think that working with street kids or at risk children is difficult in regards to relating to them specifically or getting thru to them to help them change and grow. To some degree this is hard, but most of the time it is not. They want help. They want love. They respond.
What is difficult is not the interacting part of the ministry with these children, but how difficult it is to actually get yourself into a position thru ministry, a church or an organization to be able to help them. The political and exploitive factors that swirl around children without parental authority in their lives is unbelievable and unless you view it firsthand it’s hard to comprehend or understand. In Ukraine our organization constantly faces challenges and setbacks that would dishearten the strongest person. It is discouraging to discover in your enthusiasm to help children that the forces of the world around you are pretty much against that idea most of the time.
After a particularly depressing meeting with our director this week, I came home absolutely deflated. I just cannot understand why a group of people who want nothing more than to help children have to go through so much to do so. I turned the problem over to God and began to think and pray about it.
“Children are a gift from God; they are his reward.”…..Psalm 127:3 (LB)
Many verses in the Bible point out God’s heart for children and how we are to treat and respect them. This goes for not only children who are living in families but for those whose have been abandoned by or forgotten by their parents. God makes it clear that he himself takes over the position of spiritual authority over fatherless children, “He is a father to the fatherless.”…..Psalm 68:5 (LB)
Because he himself has taken authority over children who are abandoned by their society or families, God gives those of us who are Christians a special mandate to take care of them. “The Christian who is pure and without fault, from God the Father’s point of view, is the one who takes care of orphans and widows, and who remains true to the Lord–not soiled and dirtied by his contacts with the world.”….James 1:27 (LB)
Part of our calling as Christians is to help abandoned children. This is a Judeo/Christian value taken from the Bible not a “feel good” program. No matter how difficult it gets or how much the world around us works against us, Christians are called to endure and continue to help these children.