The Children at Risk School 2010 lecture phase has come to a close. It’s been an intense three months and we ended with a time of celebration. Working in such a difficult field and facing so many heart-breaking situtions, JOY has to permeate all that we do. The students have a week-long break and then will begin their internships in Jaco and Tijuana.
So what exactly have students learned in this course? Here is one student’s own words as she ends her three months studying with us.
How do we minister to street kids?
How do we rescue girls out of prostitution?
How do we have faith for an end to abuse and violence?
How do we live our lives knowing that the evils and injustices of the world are so much worse than we can even imagine?
How do we have hope in the midst of this?
I don’t have all of the answers
I can’t solve the world’s problems
But I do know the One who holds the world in His hands
He loves the widow who is struggling to survive
He loves the orphan who is lost and alone
He loves the children who run to the streets to escape the violence at home
He loves the girls who are trapped in prostitution with no way out
He loves the boys who have been forced to kill their friends
I cannot help them on my own.
It’s too hard
The needs are too overwhelming
The situations are too depressing
The statistics are too hopeless
I need more of God.
I need to know His love
I need to feel His presence
I need to live in His peace
I need to be filled with His hope
Everything I do must be following His lead
What I say must come from what He’s spoken to me
How I love the hurting must be from the overflow of His love for me
All I do comes from Him
I must pray, listen, obey
Is that really so simple?
No, I have to know His voice
I have to spend time in His Word
I have to know His truth,
so I can fight the lives of the enemy
I have to be confident in His love,
so I can keep walking when times are hard
knowing, He is with me!
I have to be able to praise Him
for who He is
in spite of what I see around me
He is a God of Justice
In the end He wins
The slaves will be free
The broken will be healed
The orphan will have a home
Regardless of what happens here on earth,
“this suffering is not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18)
In the end, we win