For the past month, we have been working hard with school, teaching him about our Compassion children Smith and Pataso (share sponsored with our Youth Group). I have made my focus on Smith since the visit with him is coming, and Luk's heart to learn about him has been quite endearing. There has also been some sad moments. As I was describing the way Smith lived, Luk started crying. He was telling me how he wanted to write a letter to Smith to share that he was sorry he was poor.
not rich: lacking money or material possessions
affected by poverty: characterized by widespread or evident poverty
inferior: not of good quality or not in good condition
You see that last one... that's why I was unsure how I wanted to address that with Luk.
We are not inferior. I described how the majority of the people that Smith and Pataso are around live that way. They have an opportunity now being in the Compassion program and us being their sponsor. As both their letters shared with us because we sent them both a Birthday present, they both bought new clothes, shoes, and groceries.
They are not poor in spirit. They are not bad quality. They did lack opportunity. Both have their parents and siblings. They are loved. As many people learn the hard way, rich in money doesn't always lead to rich of heart, material possessions create hardness of hearts. These two handsome boys are loved, blessed, and have a new hope.
Luk still cried and rightfully so. He hated knowing that they don't have what we have. It was a time for me to show Luk just how blessed God has made us, and to live with thanks and joy because we are able to help others. Poor maybe because they lack what WE think they lack, but THEY are blessed. God has given them Compassion to give them an opportunity to change their world. I pray that these boys dream big, that they come to know Christ, and know that beyond the people near them there is a family of four that love them.
So... what can you do?
1) Sponsor a child
2) Host Compassion Sunday
3) Share your Story
As Reson and I have been trying to down size the things we have, I know it will take adjusting, but when you see these lives being changed by giving up your monthly subscription to your favorite magazine or cable... joy! When we get that letter in the mail... JOY! We rip that thing open! When we down size some more... Reson may come home to finding we have a little girl... well, you know, I'll mention it to him first. =D