Life. is. difficult.
I hear that a lot, especially from people I have had the opportunity to assist in recent years. I am sure every generation has had what seemed like insurmountable difficulties, but as I enter my sixth decade of life, I do believe this is the toughest era of my own lifetime. From a very early age, I can remember the presence of encouraging people in my life. My parents, my teachers, my pastors, and other significant adults invested in me, and I benefited from a depth of social and spiritual capital that helped me develop into the person I am today.
I know the same opportunities are present today, but they come with a greater risk. Can we trust every adult that our child may encounter in his/her everyday life? We do question, we do protect, and we do fear a lot in today’s world. The moral foundation of our own culture is waning, and at times we wonder if things will ever get better. We even see our own political system drowning in distrust, and we have a lot of apathy and reasonable concern for our upcoming national elections.
It is easy to get frustrated and to just give up, but we have a generation coming behind us that needs us to INVEST in their lives.
We can be people of change who begin to help build great character into the lives of the young people who are growing each and every day right before our eyes.
I see it in the local church today. The church seems to have become consumer driven, and the focus of loving and serving others in Jesus’ name is being lost. The trend has shifted more towards, “what can I get,” rather than “what can I do.” We need to be a people of action and we need to build into the lives of young people that are growing up lost because no one is helping them find the direction for their lives.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 6:10, that “…whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone.” Darius is pictured above. His life is tough, and from what I can see, he just needs someone to be patient with him, and to love him. He is attending our after school program in Ciumeghiu, and I was thrilled to see him happy at having the opportunity to learn to write. His parents are indifferent towards him. He lives a difficult life, but is finding community through the church, and is finding a deep fulfillment by having a place to come where there are people that truly care about him.
Darius is available for sponsorship.
So are many other village children and orphans through the ministry of Remember the Children and our Strategic Servant Partners. Would you be willing “to do good” in the life of a child? Would you be willing to be the emotional and spiritual mentor to a child who needs someone to love and invest in his/her life?
Darius and many others are waiting for you today to “do good” and give them an opportunity for a better life.
Executive Director of Remember the Children