Deuteronomy 11 :13 If you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul—14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
The Philippines are one of my dream vacation spots. American dollars are said to go pretty far over there, but what if you’re not an American? What if you’re a young couple who met and fell in love before you really learned about life, and you’re trying to raise a family with the few pesos you gather doing odd jobs? What if you don’t want to make money by dealing drugs or selling your body, in a community where those are primary sources of income for the uneducated?
God builds our trust as we step out on promises like the one in Deuteronomy. Meet 10 year old John Michael, whose parents are discovering that they can trust their Maker to provide for them and their three children. Between the two of them, they sometimes make the equivalent of $64 American to cover the whole family for the month. John Michael will be 11 in December, but it is not too late for him to have a better life. It is not too late for him to find hope in education, to find joy in living, to find power in reaching goals, and to avoid sinking into the drug abuse that plagues the desolate men of his neighborhood.
He lives in a small community that is part of Cebu, Philippines. This community needs educational facilities and substance abuse programs. Common health problems in the area are respiratory illnesses, dengue fever, malnutrition and STDs. The monsoon season begins next month, lasting from September through October. Compassion International works through the Loving My Neighbor Student Center Project to provide medical and dental checkups, food, tutoring, vocational training, leadership training and the love of God. Would you like to send John Michael to school there?
This month, I’m participating in Compassion International’s “Release 3” project, praying that the three children whose information I have on my desk today will connect with three of you. John Michael, Mathias and Deysi just need a few years of your time to make it through those upcoming teen years and into an adulthood that actually holds real promise instead of just dreams. I’d love for all of my readers to find a Compassion kid—I can not describe to you how awesome it is to see your little bit go so far towards someone’s security and future.
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