It always warms my heart to see children follow Jesus when they see a need and give everything they have to care for other children less fortunate. God has commanded us to “train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. In my experience, this begins at home and continues in school and is brought together when we unite at church to “refill our tanks”. But in Haiti, a country where Voodoo is the country’s main religion, this process often begins at school, where these young students receive a warm bowl of rice and beans daily from Trinity HOPE. This meal helps them better retain the Gospel message taught by their teachers and gives them a physical reminder that God always loves them and ensures them a perfect life for eternity in heaven. They are so excited about what they are learning that they become young missionaries, helping bring their families to know Christ and inviting them to church to learn more.
Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 6:5-9 that we should love the Lord our God will all our heart and with all our soul and with all our might, and we should diligently teach the commandments to our children. Even though I do love God with all my heart, body and soul, I sometimes don’t always live out that faith and take action immediately. This is totally opposite of what I experience with children. When I’ve had the opportunity to share how difficult life is for a child in Haiti with the kids in the U.S. attending a chapel service or VBS programs, they get it right away. They immediately begin thinking of ways they can help the Haitian children, including walking door-to-door in their neighborhoods filling a jar with donations, emptying their piggy banks, and forgoing ice cream at school to instead give those quarters to feed a child in Haiti who is hungry. Praise God for Kids feeding kids!
So I encourage all of you to love God as Moses taught us, putting Him first in your life. Help teach that diligently to the children and grandchildren you may have in your homes, in your neighborhoods, at your church, and even to the children in Haiti. Follow the examples of children who are on fire for the Lord and immediately take action to share the Gospel and help those less fortunate.