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Father to the Fatherless

January 22nd, 2009

One aspect that I love while visiting the Compassion Projects are the home visits. This is where I get to see what these kids are going home to everyday and what their living situation is really like. It is a very humbling experience. This is actually life for these kids, no sugar coating at all.

During every home visit we pray for the families. In one of the very first ones, I sat there silently praying asking God what His thoughts are and where He is at in all of this. I cannot describe how quickly I was overcome with God’s love and presence. He was there in the midst of what looked like the worst possible situation ever. Tears immediately starting streaming down my face.

When I went to the project in Masulita, that we’ll be trying to raise sponsors for, lots of kids were around me (like 50) and the project director asked if I would pray for the project. As I prayed for them, again the tears just starting flowing as I looked at all of these precious, beautiful faces feeling so much love for them and so much sadness, but in the midst of all of that an immense amount of hope. God is faithful and His love is just as evident in the “forsaken” areas as the “prosperous” areas.

Today as we were visiting another home where the father had passed away and the mother was raising the children on her own while battling with AIDS, I prayed for them that they would come to know God as their father as they grieve the loss of their earthly father.

Would you join me in praying for all of those who are in need of knowing the reality of a Heavenly Father in the midst of so much loss in the natural?

-Ashlea




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