Leviticus 19: 9 When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
If we follow God’s rules, we will never be without. In Exodus 22:21, God says, “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” God never asks us to do something that is impossible. We can trust Him to always provide, and to always teach us something while He’s doing so.
That said, if you are still looking for a way to stem the flow of immigration, consider joining the effort to improve homeland conditions for our neighbors to the South. Improving conditions might involve microfinancing South American businesses or sending medical supplies. The most effective thing we can do is to make a lasting impact on the way people think. One or two generations of children growing up with hope, education and realistic goals would change the tide. Start with Deysi. She’s 11 this year, and in another year or two, she could be terrifyingly vulnerable or she could be fed and encouraged and protected, on her way to becoming a woman who promotes change in her community.
In Bolivia, the poor and the young are often victimized with no legal recourse. They live in houses made with mud walls and dirt floors, and they need technical training, employment opportunities and proper medical care. Compassion International works through El Porvenir Student Center to teach hygiene and first aid, offer vocational training and other services. In addition, Compassion works closely with the International Justice Mission, who seek to rescue and defend victims, and are working to change a corrupt justice system.
Take Deysi under your wing. Teach her how awesome it feels to be a successful, capable woman.
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.
Please let me know if you’d like to sponsor Deysi, and I’ll send you the information. If you have any difficulty responding through WordPress, find me on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.