We came from a relaxing vacation full of greenery, water and fat people to what feels like a desert wasteland with hunger everywhere. The common greeting right now in answer to, "how are you?" is, "I'm hungry". It's hunger season.
And we, although not hungry, are feeling it acutely.
This week Michaela and Cody were given a baby. She was two weeks old and severely dehydrated and starving. She hadn't been fed since birth and weighed in at 2 1/2 pounds. She suffered from a chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 18 which caused her feet to be deformed (rocker bottom feet) and her hands to be twisted. She was so small I could hold her head in my hand.
That same day we got a call from a pastor down south, asking us to take a baby. His sister is 14 and recently had a baby she cannot care for. She has no food and hence, no milk for her little one. Her baby is five weeks old.
Yesterday Rainbow Mike spent the day with a family whose mother had died last week. Two of the older boys are street kids, and there are four little girls that lived with the mom at home. They have no other family and are now living with a neighbor. She has no room for all four at night, so she parcels them out to her neighbors. They were sobbing because they don't know what will happen to them.
Life is so harsh here. As we have said often this week, only the strong survive. And through these situations we see so clearly the heartbeat of Christ for his children. Oh, how his heart must break when he sees the lack of compassion for his little ones. Oh, how he loves them!
Please pray for our hearts to survive....that we can love until it hurts and then love more.
Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world