I remember what it was like to hold my babies and dream of what they would one day become. Parents all over the world have similar hopes and dreams for their children. We want our children to be well and happy. We want them to experience joy and fun as children. We want them to be educated and well-fed.
We want them to know Jesus too.
We do everything in our power to make those things happen. Nutritious food. Good schools. The right toys. Extracurricular activities. The best children's ministry. All so our babies can grow up happy and well-adjusted and with every advantage we can give them.
This mother wants the same things. No matter where she is from...how many children she has...what heartaches she has seen...what difficulties she faces...she is a mother. You can see it in her eyes - the heart of a mother.
Just like us, she wants her children to be joyful and educated and to have purpose in life.
But the barriers for her and her children run deep. Much deeper than most of us will ever experience. No matter what hopes she has for her children, there will be much difficulty in seeing those dreams come true. And they may not happen at all.
Except for the love of Christ-followers. We have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these children and their mothers. Sponsoring a child through Compassion International brings nourishment, education, and the chance to know Jesus.
May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!Proverbs 23:25
This post is the Week 3 assignment of Compassion's Blog Month 2013. Read the other assignments here.