As we move head first into this New Year, I am looking back at our inaugural year with great thankfulness. In 2012, A Child’s Refuge was birthed out of God-given passion for loving the least and out of my dream to do more. But ACR would not exist nor could we have helped so many in our first year if not for God-given friends and family who have supported us.
Together we have been able to provide life-saving therapeutic milk (called F-75) to severely malnourished infants and children in Haiti. In Haiti, we’ve also enabled five impoverished children and teens the privilege of donning a crisp uniform to enter school as students for the first time—improving their future possibilities to gain employment and break the cycle of intense poverty. We have funded micro-businesses which, for one, enabled a large family to begin selling goods at their village’s weekly market, and in turn, to put food on the table. Your support has also helped ACR to procure thousands of dollars’ worth of medicines and medical supplies to be delivered this month to a vital hospital in Port au Prince, Haiti.
photo credit: www.realhopeforhaiti.org
Additionally, our partnership has made it possible to assist the poorest of the poor right here in southern Pennsylvania as well. ACR has come to the aid of a homeless couple in desperate need of wood chips to provide heat in order to survive the freezing cold winter nights at their camp. We have also provided bags of groceries to two migrant families who literally suffered bare cupboards and empty bellies when work ran out and our poor economy failed to produce other jobs. Because of your support, we have also purchased formula and diapers for single mothers who have had no other means to provide these bare necessities for their infants.
So, we expectantly welcome 2013—all of its challenges and blessings—as we continue in our mission to share God’s love by helping the most needy children and families where we serve. We will remember that whenever we do anything for the overlooked and ignored, we do it for the Lord. We pray we will not be numb to the cries of the poor, that we will be moved to compassion when we learn of the conditions of others, that we will see when we look and hear when we listen. And, most importantly, we pray that we will remain totally dependent on God for His work through us.
In closing, please consider with me this exhortation by Gabriela Mistral who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945: “We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’ his name is today.”
Together we can make a difference for ‘today’ and in the lives of many in 2013. We need your help. Would you please consider a gift to ACR to join us in loving the least?
A Child’s Refuge will ensure that your gift of any amount will directly help a child or family in desperate need, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We make giving easy with two options (credit card or check).
God bless you and yours in this New Year! And thank you for caring to help and love the least.