This is a picture of one of the worst slums in Bogota. From the outside it might not look too
Bad but within these tiny one room shacks live whole families in darkness, fear, hopelessness and despair. Lives of knowing nothing but hunger, drugs, alcohol and violence. An existence that seems to doom children to repeat the sins and bondage of their parents.
Into the midst of this came a bright ray of Jesus’s love. A missionary named Mary. A grandma 14 times over she left her life in Australia to come and live in amongst the poorest of the poor. Working from sunup to sun down, Mary reaches out to the hopeless and hurting. Sometimes it is just her and two three days a week she is joined by Jessica and another missionary from England named Becca. These kids just want someone to hug them, to tell them their is hope. The only touch most of these kids know is a beating or worse. No kindness or gentleness. That is until Mary gave up all to come here.
Jessica, Becca and Mary prepare for their out reach to the teen girls some of whom are mothers at 15 years old.
In the last 10 days Carol and I have been witness to the joys of training new workers for the mission and the horrors of hungry, abandoned and hurting children. Our hearts are encouraged as more enter the harvest, compelled by Christ’s love as we see the extreme need of so many.
Carol shares the love that Jesus has for these girls.
To those living in squalor it may seem hopeless. To the outside world it may be a waste to spend time, energy and resources on these kids, but to Jesus they were worth his own shed blood.
Pray. Pray for this generation of kids and their parents to find Christ. Pray for the next generation to see the chains that have spanned generations broken by the salvation of Jesus Christ. No child should have to grow up unloved and without hope.
Jesus has compassion on them shouldn’t we?
Mark 6:34 (KJV)
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.