great story! very touching…
The FYM program (First-Year Missionaries) gives college students a chance to spend a a year-abroad being discipled. We started it several years ago and have seen it change hundreds of lives. My daughter Estie was the first of our children to do this, and it was one of the best things she’s ever done.
After spending almost a year immersed in a different culture, young Christ-followers have a new level of compassion for the the poor. In the process, they get a piece of God’s heart. They learn to let go of cliches and programmed religious responses. Melissa Hintz, a First-Year Missionary in Africa tells how that happened in her life:
The Mothers dropped their heads
and mumbled to me that she died the day before. I stood there dumbfounded;
trying to make my head and my heart understand.
I went on with my day and
sat there in a quiet fog. To those around me, I probably just looked tired, but
inside I was crying, screaming, and questioning, “Where is my God that I know
is big enough to do the impossible? Did He take a break from
listening to my prayers?”
Every day was just another
reason of why not to go back to the hospital. But I made myself go back because
I was afraid if I didn’t, then I’d never work up the courage. I went to
visit Sicalo. He was only 3 months old and was abandoned at a bus stop
when he was 2 weeks old. He was the smallest baby and since I love the
little bitty ones, he was the one I spent the most time with. He wasn’t
really sick, so in my mind he was the “safe” baby to love.
Then it happened again – Sicalo died during the night. I don’t even know how or why he
I ran home.
Hurting and upset with the Lord, I began asking all the questions
It was then I realized how focused on myself I’d become and how
it didn’t have anything to do with me. Even though I didn’t deserve it,
God came to comfort me when I asked. He reminded me that now He is
holding these babies.
We’ve seen a lot of tragedy this year with babies and young children dying from causes that little ones shouldn’t have to deal with. We all get scared some times and want to run away, but those that walk into the pain with trust are the ones who experience the fullness of God’s glory. If this breaks your heart, maybe God is calling you to do something about it.
If you’re interested in the Africa FYM program, let me encourage you to check it out.
great story! very touching…
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