Monday, April 8, 2013

Faces of Haiti: Update on Fedline

Last week, precious Fedline was wrapped up in the arms of Jesus in her eternal home. While I am so grateful that she no longer suffers from hydrocephalus, it still breaks my heart that this precious 10-month-old girl is gone. She touched so many lives in those 10 short months, and God will use her death to continue to touch more.

Fedline’s death brings joy and pain at the same time. Joy that she gets to see Jesus face-to-face, but anger at the injustice of it all. While I know God is sovereign and in control of all things, it still angers me how children like her are ignored by the rest of the world.

Awhile back I read a book called “The Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns. In it, he put child deaths in amazing perspective. Imagine a commercial airliner where all the passengers are children. Now imagine that the plane crashes, burns, and kills every child onboard. It would be considered a horrific tragedy and attract national media attention, donations to the families of the children, and research to find out the cause behind the crash.

Now imagine that every day, 25, 50, or 75 planes filled with children crash and burn every day. THAT is how many children die around the world each day, and most of them die of preventable or treatable diseases.

While I believe it is incredibly important to address the issue of child mortality, I believe it is equally important to address the spiritual death occurring across the globe. Hundreds of children enter into heaven each day. But what about their families here on earth? What about teenage children who die every day? Are we meeting their physical AND spiritual needs? Friends, the need is URGENT. We cannot waste our time, because time has a limit. What are you doing TODAY to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children around the world?

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