Early Easter morning we got all of our kids from the mission and went for a Resurrection parade. The kids had made banners and took instruments and we marched up the hill behind the mission making a lot of noise in the name of the Lord.
|Jacy Klaire making sure Nakisha did not get left behind|
After the parade we made our way back to the mission for a worship service and teaching time. We are so blessed by the kids God has sent our way for the mission. We have 19 kids now and each one is a special blessing from God. There are 10 boys and 9 girls. They include true orphans, abandoned children, and handicapped children. Each one has a story of how man and sin corrupt and destroy. We have kids whose parents were murdered by voodoo. Kids whose parents died of preventable disease. Kids whose parents abandoned them because of poverty and injustice. It makes it hard to remember at times that God is truly sovereign and in total control. We tend to wonder where God is when evil seems to be able to run so rampant. But then we remember that God has told us in the Bible that injustice and corruption and hardship are repercussions of living in a fallen world. We are doing a study with our staff and it reminds us that God chose to give man a choice of sin or righteous obedience. The choice of sin leads to destruction and there are always innocent bystanders...like our little Nakisha, or Jeffnika, or any of the other angels in our home. It does not take away from the fact that God is completely loving, and completely good, and completely powerful. He has a perfect plan for each of our lives and if we choose to follow Him and seek Him we can find and live out that plan. When that happens, we find peace even in difficult times. We find joy even when happiness evades us. It allows us to see that God really does have a good plan even for these kids that qualify as the "least of these". On Resurrection Sunday, we are reminded that the Cross is the key to that understanding. Only through Jesus can we really begin to see the world the way God does. Without Jesus coming and dying for us, we could never see the world the way God does and have a desire to see God glorified even in the darkest of circumstances.
|Michelet and his New Wheels|
|Our Kids in Craft Time|