Today was a day of final hugs and kisses, final songs and dances, final I love you’s, final games of air ball and hula hoop sessions. As I wiped the face of the little boy I enduringly call “Pudge,” I could’t help but wonder what his days would be like once I walked away. Who would wipe his face and hold his hand as he walked to sit down and eat his lunch? Who would hold him as he got sleepy? Who would look into his big, beautiful, brown eyes and see the love buried deep within him?
Is it okay with us that very few take the time to do these seemingly small gestures of love and compassion? Is it fine with us that these children may go to bed hungry because there is no food where they live? Is it okay with us that their shoes are worn and their clothes are tattered? Can we just ignore Third World anymore and be content with western civilization?
No, I do not believe we can. We are no longer blind to the poverty, sickness, loneliness, and disease that plagues these innocent babies. We are not okay leaving without having a plan in place and people on the ground here continuing to look out for them. We are no longer fine with business as usual. There must be a change, and it has to begin with us this time. We must carry the torch! We mustn’t forget the home visits and miracles that gave us a glimpse of God’s glory.
We are changed and because we have changed, we can only pray that the children of Swazi have also been changed!
But … what can we do? Tomorrow we leave for America! The land of the free and home of the brave. We will come home to our family and do our best to tell our stories from Swaziland, but will those who’ve never been truly understand? Will they have the same compassion and love for little faces whom they have never met? What can those of us back home do from so far away? Pray specifically for these children.
- Pray that God provided food for the families, shoes for their feet, school fees, safety, and protection for them.
- Give! Sponsor a child at one of Warren’s two care points
- Pray for the Go-go’s to love and care tenderly for the children.
- Visit for yourself! Be a part of next year’s mission team and fall in love with these precious little ones.
- Find a mission in your own backyard and be a blessing to those around you!
There were many smiles today! There were many tears today! But most of all there was much love today!
Jesus said, Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
As these children continue to come to our care points, I pray they will find rest for their weary souls. As they receive food, I pray that the hands that prepare their food will be like Jesus to them, lovingly caressing little hands and hearts. As they play ball or jump rope, I pray they find joy in the small things and remember the times we had this week.
Our lives are forever changed, and I believe theirs are too. They have been touched by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords as they were held and cuddled and kissed and loved in Jesus’ name and THAT makes the difference.
I believe that God was pleased this week. He was pleased and honored and at the end of the day, the Lord whispered, no He shouted … well done and He displayed His glory in a shimmering array of majesty and splendor!
We love you precious Swazi children and we’ll see you again soon!
Swazi Team Summer 2015