The other day I held my month old Grandson Luke in my arms. Only 6lbs 5oz when he was born, he’s a tiny little guy and I realized that although I’ve had plenty of experience with babies, I felt nervous holding such a delicate little treasure. It was 92 degrees outside with oppressive humidity, but Luke was dressed in a brand new outfit, wrapped in a clean soft baby blanket, well-fed and lovingly cared for. He was safe and secure in the arms of his Grandfather in a comfortably air-conditioned living room in one of the wealthiest and safest nations in the world.
At that very moment in the vicinity of San Luis, Mexico, I’m sure there were babies just like him, some perhaps born on the very same date, but living in very different conditions. San Luis in July is incredibly hot and although the humidity is usually low, the dust from the streets of sand and the smoke from the brick yard and the burning garbage more than make up for the lack of humidity on the misery index. A child born in a small casa made of brick and
scavenged materials from cardboard to corrugated tin would not have a brand new outfit or a soft blanket and he certainly wouldn’t have air-conditioning. His mother in all likelihood would have had no pre-natal care and food would not be plentiful not even for a newborn child.
Although San Luis has been fortunate in escaping the drug war violence other areas are experiencing, it is nonetheless in a nation that is being ravaged by bloodshed and violence. The “breath of the ruthless”… blows hot across Mexico against the walls of a million vulnerable homes. These needy people need a refuge, a shelter in their distress, and a shade from the heat. That’s where Caring Hearts comes in. That’s where you come in. Your work in San Luis, your
prayers and your giving make it possible for our Mexican brothers and sisters to confirm the words of the prophet in this verse of scripture. We need always to remember that God’s promises of protection and provision are true, but He isn’t going to come down from Heaven and do the work. He sends caring hearts and working hands to be a shelter and a refuge to the needy in distress. The orphanage, church, boys’ home, training center, and feeding station are shelters
for hundreds. Thousands of others are touched through medical missions, the Tin Roof Project and now a ministry to shut-ins and to the blind.
Thank you for being a part of God’s promise of provision and protection for good people who deserve the same blessings we enjoy.
Pastor Gary Simpons
Christian Life Church