WHOSE CHILD IS THIS?
That is a question that I am sure Joseph struggled with when He found out about Mary’s pregnancy. Matthew 1 tells us that an Angel appeared to Joseph and told him the child belonged to God but it was Joseph’s responsibility to nurture and provide for the child. Joseph took on the huge responsibility of caring for a child, knowing the child was not his; talk about character and a big heart!
My wife Kristi and I have raised two children of our own and know first hand the never ending needs of children. We never shied away from our responsibility. We were proud parents and took every opportunity to let all who would listen know that these children are ours!
But whose responsibility is the child with no parent to care for them or the child that is severely under resourced and does not have the basic necessities of life? Because of their environment of poverty they are malnourished, uneducated, homeless and without hope. The Bible is very clear when it comes to who should take responsibility for the orphan, widow and the poor. They are our responsibility.
James 1:27 “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
People might say they’re spiritual (whatever that means) or they might call themselves religious but it is only talk if the raw, unmet needs of the most vulnerable of the world go unmet.
This Christmas season we at Reach Youth Global are offering a simple action that we all can take to meet the needs of these children around the world. We are asking for a gift of $30 to help support a child through Reach Youth Global.
$30 does not seem like a lot of money when you are trying to purchase a Christmas present for a kid (have you seen the lists kids have this year?) but I looked online and found a few things.
Pokémon Pikachu Reversible Apron $24.99
Anatomical Lung Necklace $25.99
The Horse Head Mask $29.99
Emoji Pancake griddle $29.99
A Sock Tie (I should have kept mine form the 80’s) $30
Tie-Dye in a Box $30
Of course our kids would think we lost our minds if we gave them anything off this list or we left the shopping to their Grandparents!
$30 is a lot of money when you are meeting the needs of children that have nothing or very little. Here is a few things that $30 can do when given through Reach Youth Global.
30 meals for street kids in Mexico City $30
One month of tuition and books to educate a child in Africa $30
Feed 20 homeless kids in Houston, Texas $30
A day long youth camp experience for 3 children in Latin America $30
Public school evangelistic outreach in Africa per 30 kids $30
Clothe 15 Children $30
Will you take action with us this Christmas and make a $30 donation to answer the question “Whose child is this”? If possible could you make your $30 donation a monthly pledge? I assure you it will bring hope to many children around the world.
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May the Lord richly bless you as you help to care for these precious lives.