STACEY GAGNE – This morning in church we sang the song: Healer. As I sang the lyrics “I believe you’re my Healer, I believe you are all I need. I believe you’re my portion. I believe you’re more than enough for me. Jesus you’re all I need” my heart returned to the home where we made our final home visit on Friday.
It was the home of a little boy named Masresh who is registered to be sponsored from the Tedecha Mekane Yesus Church. This is the church project we will be sponsoring during our upcoming 26 Hours of Compassion. When we entered his home, his mother was breast feeding a 2 month old baby and he was sitting on a pile of blankets on the floor… his bed. The father in the home passed away when she was 8 months pregnant. This baby is named Mitiku which means substitute (for her husband) and Masresh means something like compensated… because this 6 year old came into her life after she had lost 2 other babies. The mom was wearing black as she is still in mourning. They are extremely poor… dressed in basically rags. Mom washes clothes and does maid services in the village to try and support her family while Masresh (6 years old) stays home and takes care of the baby. Their rent costs 150 birr per month. When we asked what her hopes for Masresh were, she smiles and says for him to have a job… any job so he can be self sufficient.
After being in the home for a while, we discovered that mom was open to Jesus, and had been a part of a Pentecostal church years ago. I had the opportunity to pray for her and with her and she prayed along with me to receive Jesus as her Savior and commit her life to him. As we were leaving the home, we noticed that there was something that was hanging in her doorway. When Yoseph, our guide from Compasssion, asked her about them, we found out that they were little bags of something (which turned out to be dirt) that someone had promised her would protect her. Yoseph assured her that with Jesus in her life she doesn’t need superstition… that He is her protector and provider. She willingly allowed him to remove them from her doorway and he later dumped them out on the ground. We wonder how much she had to pay for this false protection. Her neighbors had bottles of water hanging on their door, which were related to some other type of superstition.
The heart of Compassion is to “release children from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults”. It is exciting to know that when Masresh is sponsored there will be people speaking into his life, visiting his home, teaching him about how Jesus is more than enough, and displaying that love through helping meet their desperate physical needs. My prayer is that his mom will see it illustrated that God is with them, protecting and healing her and her family. It would be amazing to have someone from our listening area be the one who helps make a way for this to happen.
I’m thankful that we have this opportunity to speak up for children that otherwise have not had the opportunity to ask for help, themselves. Please consider what you can do and be in prayer as we look ahead to our 26 Hours of Compassion February 20-21. I can’t wait to find out that Masresh has been sponsored and perhaps even take you there to meet him and his family yourself!