Last night I was being my normal internet-happy self, and looking at videos on YouTube of people meeting their adopted children for the first time, (and crying my eyes out)
I then proceeded to search the word “adoption” on a few different search engines out of pure curiosity and was seriously bothered by what I saw.
There are over 143 million orphans on this planet and most of what I saw on Google when I searched the word “adoption” was a bunch of animals.
Don’t get me wrong; I have a cute fluffy white dog in America that I love very much. But the “in the arms of the angel” abused animal’s commercials that come on television in America, make me want to vomit all over myself… and I got the very same feeling last night when I was on the computer.
It bothers me that I know people that spend more money on dog food than they do on other people that are actually in need.
As much as I would love to rant for days about how dumb it is that we as a society spend so much money on animals when there are people dying…. That is not the reason I’m writing all you lovely people.
… After I called my dad ranting about how dumb people can be sometimes, I really began to feel small,
143 million is a giant number.
Often times I wonder if what I’m doing even matters or if anyone else in the world gets it. If most of us would really rather pamper dogs than feed people.
After I got over myself and realized God has a plan that is much better than mine and that I should stop acting like I know everything… I prayed a lot and asked the Lord to just use me to bring him glory, even if it’s in the mundane.
That brings us to today…
Originally the plan for today was to go to a carepoint and work on updates with a friend of mine…
But it rained quite a bit last night and it was too dangerous to try to drive on the dirt road to get to that particular carepoint.
In other words, God had a different plan for my day.
Before we found out that the roads to that particular carepoint were too muddy, I heard about a few people who were in need in a different community, so after our plans were canceled it seemed like a perfect time to ask a little more about the families I had heard about earlier that day.
After hearing more about these children I felt like the Lord was leading me to action.
In the next hour I was able to purchase a good bit of food for a family and a new, and completely adorable, school uniform for a little girl.
We drove out to the carepoint and immediately found the little girl who was in need of the new uniform; her current one was ripped all over and too small. Her little face lit up when she saw the new dress, jacket, and socks.
And it fit(:
After she went home, we drove out to the homestead of a family that was in need of food.
Three children, a mom, and a grandmother all live in this very small house that is falling apart.
As soon as we unloaded the food the grandmother was overwhelmed and told us that they had nothing to eat and that we were an answer to her prayers.
God continues to blow my mind…
I couldn’t believe it when this lady said I was an answer to her prayers. All I could say to her was that God is good and that he has not forgotten about her or her family.
I know I write this in basically every blog, but I really am just a kid. It is so crazy to me that God really does use kids like me to affect his Kingdom (even if it’s in a small way).
The truth is, the little girl in need of a new uniform and the family in need of food, by their smiles alone, were just as much an answer to my prayers as I was to there’s.
God is so good, and I can not put into words how blessed I am to be loved so much by the creator of the universe.
I CAN’T THANK YOU GUYS ENOUGH FOR GIVING! Your obedience to God’s call to give to the least-of-these is what makes all of this possible.
Please continue to pray for me as I will be getting back on a plane soon, and most importantly please continue to pray for these beautiful people in Swaziland.
To The Ends of The Earth