Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Reminder of Reality

Yesterday I went to Casa Semear together with Felipe for the first time in quite a while.  I took both Jessie (our 4 year old) and Josiah (our 4 month old) along to play and enjoy some time there.

It was a relaxed morning at the ministry, as Fridays are the free-play days where the children can choose what they would like to do, whether it be playing on the playground, doing an art activity or playing a game like ping-pong or fooseball.  

Often on Fridays, quality time spent with the children and teens lead to spontaneous conversations. These conversations are valuable, and also a window into what is really going on in their lives.  Often kids will chat and open up, revealing problems or difficult situations they are facing.  In response, the missionaries at Casa Semear can encourage and know how to better pray and help the kids and their families.

Yesterday I was reminded of one reality that many of the kids face.  
A teenage girl was sharing about how her mom had lost her job and was not able to find a new one yet.  Her mother was hoping to find a job in January at the beginning of the new year, but she still has not found one.  The family is struggling to pay bills and to have enough food to eat.  They have been able to get some food donations from a church in the slum, but still it has been extremely hard for them.

This is the reality of many of the families in the slum - who are often led by single moms raising their kids without a father present or helping financially.

Yesterday I was shocked by the reality of a child not having enough food to eat at home. I never had to worry about this as a child.   Did you?

 I was reminded once again of the reality of children we know personally and see on a regular basis. A basic need these kids have is not always being met, and that is a part of their normal life.  It should not be so, but it is. They as children are effected by this and worry about these needs too.

Please pray for the mom who urgently needs a job, and also pray for the many children in the slums of Brazil (and all over the world) who are need of food.  

Every once in a while it is good to be confronted with some of these realities happening in the world. 
It reminds us to pray, 
to remember
to care, 
to give, 
to help those in need,
to be generous, 
and to be thankful for the way our own personal needs are being met.  We have MUCH to be thankful for!

May this be a reminder of reality to us all today...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting. Unfortunately, so many of the people in this wonderful country of ours (USA) have no earthly idea of what our brothers and sisters in most of the world struggle with on a daily basis. I am grateful for you and Felipe and the love you bring to those in your world. God sees and remembers ALL and His currency is eternal! The Lord continue to bless you with health, strength and His wisdom as you continue to do His will. Love and blessings, Peg Guill 8*)