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Mirror, mirror on the wall…..

Looking at mirrors with my 4-month old grandson entertains both of us. We point and giggle as we discover who is looking back at us. We talk (Ok, I talk) about the cute little boy in the mirror. I see new life with fresh potential. All things are possible. Prayerfully, this little guy will grow into a Godly man as well as a kind and loving husband and father.  Endless possibilities stare back at us.  Mirrors offer hope of somedays full of what ifs. Mirrors are the launching pad of amazing dreams.

Last year in Tanzania, I stood in front of new mirrors with Neema and her two friends. (Neema is the girl on the left, smiling from her hoodie.) I snapped this picture at their Compassion Center as I toured the new sanitation project filled with flushing toilets, running water, and shiny mirrors. Was this the first time they saw their reflection? Possibly.

Walking through the facility with Neema and her friends, we paused in front of the new  mirrors. I encouraged them to see the beauty of the girls smiling back at us. Could they see how God created them, each so unique and precious? Could they see what I saw?

Were they able to see a bright future? Could they see into tomorrow or next month or next year? Could they see beyond the poverty of their surroundings? Whom did they see? A future teacher, pastor, or doctor?

Neema and I connected during my visit; she never left my side. At the end of the day, I left her with a big hug and a pack of colored pencils.  I also tried to leave her with a hope-infused vision. Keep looking in the mirror and seeing a brighter future. Keep looking and seeing God’s immense love.  I pray she sees herself for all she is to God; His wonderful and perfect creation!

Mirror, mirror on the wall,  Who is the fairest one of all?   Neema, my grandson, and all of God’s beautiful children

 

Enough Hope

October 28, 2015

Dear Fellow Travelers,

Everything changes when a child finds hope! We need to put that on sticky notes around our homes as reminders that our words speak hope to a child and it changes them! Recently I heard Santiago “Jimmy”  Mellado, President of Compassion International speak. He spoke about giving our children “enough hope to make the next move.”FullSizeRender (9)

Enough hope to keep working hard at school, enough hope to resist joining a gang, enough hope to make wise choices, enough hope to stay pure, enough hope to place their trust in a forever-friend named Jesus Christ.

That is what our words can speak into a child’s life. Enough hope. When they have even just a speck of hope they begin to realize: Somebody knows my name. Somebody is praying for me. Somebody is encouraging me. Somebody loves me.

When we take the time to write hopeful words, God blesses the message and powerful change happens.  Not only within our child’s life, but also in his/her family, their community, and their Church/Center. Because our letters are read, re-read, passed around and shared.  Then this awesome, amazing, God-inspired phenomena occurs: hope spreads, it ripples  throughout the community! What a beautiful image!  You are doing this every time you pick up a pencil or turn on  your laptop. So let’s get busy. We need to spread enough hope!

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