By Ras Robinson
It was a typical hot, humid afternoon in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines. We drove onto the property of the city dumpsite. The smell, the smoke from the ever burning fires and the spontaneous combustion produced heat combined to make the smell and temperature very unpleasant. As I looked out the window, here they came. It looked like hundreds of little children running toward our van. They recognized it because local pastor Robert Cuenca came regularly with his family and church members to bring food and Bible stories for the children. We stopped as the children surrounded the van and I looked down into a pair of big beautiful brown eyes. A little girl looked up at me. Her face was smudged with dirt and soot. Her clothes were dirty and ragged. Those brown eyes and her big smile pierced my heart. I choked on my tears. That was my introduction to the children living at the dumpsite. The experience changed my life.
God spoke to my heart that day, sending me to spend the rest of my life helping these little ones. God showed me that it is important to feed them and take care of their needs and tell them about Jesus their Savior. He also showed me that, through education, some of them could break the cycle of poverty inherited from their families. He even told me that one day a child living on a dumpsite, under a bridge or city street would become president of the Philippines and pay tribute to God and those foreigners who supported him, but whom he never knew.
You see, these children were not in school. Some were 10, 11 or 12 years old and had never been to school. Some had attended, but with no regularity. They were destined to repeat a cycle of poverty into which they were born. In the Philippines, it costs a lot to attend school. Even in public school, children wear uniforms, pay tuition, books, various school fees and, of course, school supplies. We did not have much, but we used what we had and that first year, we sent 8 children to school. The next year we sent those same children plus 4 more to school, paying all of their school expenses. That year an elderly lady in our church asked about helping one of the children and we had our first “sponsor.” She was delighted, we were delighted and the little boy she sponsored wants to grow up and be a pilot instead of a trash scavenger.
Many children in our world live in hopelessness and despair, believing nothing could ever be different from what they have known. The lives of some of these children and their families are being transformed. Fullness in Christ Ministries and readers of “What the Lord is Saying Today” have invested in these young lives in the Philippines. The transformation in the lives of the children who have been sponsored gives hope to those who still wait, hoping someday they too can go to school and their lives can be changed. Just a little help can change the direction of a life and transform it. A small investment of $30 per month or more will reap big dividends. Find out how you can change the life of a child (or children) for eternity. Give to Fullness in Christ Missions:Ministry To Children.
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