Life

The Least of These

 

  • Everyday, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Everyday, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That’s one child every five seconds.
  • Low-income working families are the most generous group in America, giving away about 4.5 percent of their income on average, compared with about 2.5 percent among the middle class, and 3 percent among high-income families.
  • There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today—more than any other time in history.
  • The world’s functional illiterates include more than 130 million children who do not attend school, 73 million of them girls.
  • Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that’s almost 2,000 children a day.
  • 126 million children work in hazardous conditions, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers.

It’s easy not to notice it. The death isn’t on our streets. The slaves don’t live here. Everyone I know can read, has attended (or is attending) school, and always has enough to eat. There is always enough clothes, always time to play, and I’ve never had work to keep my family alive. My parents aren’t dead and both of them live together and love each other. No one around me fits their large family into a one-roomed, dirt-floored house. I don’t know anyone who is going to be able to attend collage without scrimping and saving in order to get there, but we’ve all got the chance and we’re all capable. Even if we don’t, if we look hard enough and long enough, there’s always a job to be done that’ll pay us…McDonald’s always has a ‘Help Wanted’ in their door. Hospitals are close by and they are required to help you, even if you can’t pay. There are cops that keep order and freedom to worship God in the manner that we want to.

Life in America is blessed.

Life in other countries isn’t as good.

Imagine it…you wake up, feeling hungry. Maybe you get some watery rice, or maybe that doesn’t come until that night. But no matter, you’re used to it by now. You look over at your family, sprawled out on the dirt floor and scowl at the rat you see in the roof, scurrying away into hiding. You get up and head for work. Yes, you’re fourteen, but since your father died from malaria, you have to make the money to keep the family alive. You arrive at the workplace and start working. Your employer comes by and doesn’t think that you did a good enough job. He raises his cane high and then slams it down on you. It throws you into the ground and you whimper. The other kids watch, glad that it isn’t them getting beat right now. He yanks you to your feet and tells you to do it over again. That night, you drag yourself home, hurting all the way, and give the money that you make to your mother. You are hungry, bruised, and stuck. You can’t get a better job if you can’t read. You can’t go to school if you don’t have money. And plus, who would bring in the money even if you could go to school? You drift to sleep, knowing that you will wake up tomorrow and do the same thing…and you know that you will be doing that for the rest of your life.

“All my bones shall say, “O Lord, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him.”

Psalm 35:10

“May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!”

Psalm 72:4

“Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!”

Psalm 113:5-9

Compassion International “ministry is focused on the individual child and his or her development. By working with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, we present every child with an opportunity to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.” (Taken from Compassion’s website.)

Watch this video called 30 Schools.

You can make a difference!! You can change someone’s life and make it better! You can send them to school, give them medicines, clothes, food!!

 

Think about it.

-CC

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2 thoughts on “The Least of These”

  1. I’m a fan of Compassion International because in addition to making sure kids are cared for, loved, nurtured and fed, they partner with healthy, local churches to make sure boys and girls are spiritually nurtured as well. They are highly ranked for good reasons. Thanks for giving them a shout out.

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  2. Compassion International is an awesome organization. Like you said, t2gosopel, they care about the Christian side of life, not just quickly making sure that everyone has enough to eat. I love supporting a Christian organization!!

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