invitations

No fanfare, wax seal, or calligraphy adorned the cream-colored envelope. Inside, a folded 8.5 X 11 piece of paper extended a grand invitation.

An invitation to connect with a child.

Invitations from children served by Compassion International and World Vision remind me to look beyond my walls, worries, and wishes and step into their world.

“I went through some troubles and I quit school but I want to go back. Please pray about that.” (Milene, Brazil)

“Please pray for the homeless children in Peru and for my dad.” (Israel, Peru)

Each invitation moves our connection closer and deeper. Words of encouragement carried by God’s love breaks all language, landscape, and livelihood barriers.

An invitation from Wilmer, a 15-year-old young man from El Salvador, contained a beautiful drawing and glorious news. “Do you remember the day you were baptized? I ask you that because I want to tell you on November 19 I got baptized and I feel happy, thanks to God.” His invitation launched a holy conversation as I shared my decision for Christ and baptism.

Wilmer’s words reveal his divided world: part youth and part adult.

 “I hope one day to meet Ariana Grande.”  

“My sister is expecting a baby. Please pray the baby is healthy.” 

(Family drawing by Wilmer)

Childhood challenges leap from the folded invitations. At Compassion Projects around the globe, Goodluck learned to clean his ears and Anchelho received an inoculation. An invitation to applaud their accomplishments, great and small.

When I am invited into their dreams, I step onto sacred ground. Dreams of becoming a teacher or doctor and returning to help their community. Dreams of acquiring more goats, riding in an airplane, or kicking a soccer ball though confined to a wheelchair. Dreams know no limitations.

The grandest of invitations arrived this summer from Bilali, age 19, in Tanzania.“For now I am saved and love the Lord as my savior in my life.”

A blessed invitation to join Bilali and celebrate his new, eternal life through Jesus Christ. He invited me in and I accepted his joyful invitation.

 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

2 thoughts on “invitations”

  1. I love your quote, “When I’m invited into their dreams, I step on sacred ground.” As a Compassion sponsor, I realize I have an important role in helping my sponsored young man (he’s 13) realize his dream of staying in school, graduating, and becoming a leader in his community. But it’s also sacred ground because I also have a role in helping encourage him in his relationship with Jesus and know that through Jesus we have eternal life.

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