"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.He cares for those who trust in Him." Nahum 1:7
"The Lord is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those
who trust in Him." Nahum 1:7
Meet Maxi... There is a song lyric that echoes in the classrooms of Su Refugio Argentina... "You make me grow, grow for good!" The children learn songs like these at our Children's Care Center and Christian School. Oftentimes our staff reflects on this song and how they have watched many of the children from the surrounding crime-ridden neighborhoods grow - physically and spiritually.
Sometimes unfortunate circumstances cause children to grow up quickly and take on difficult responsibilities and experience very challenging lifestyles. This is the case for Maxi. This young man is 11 years old. He lives with his grandmother, Elsa, and four teenage siblings. Elsa has been the only parent to Maxi and his brothers since he was a baby. For many sad reasons, his parents could not raise them. At Maxi’s age, most children yearn to have the best video games, or a modern bike. Maxi’s only desire is that his grandmother won’t get sick, that she would live many years. He prays that he would have good friends that help him not to take bad decisions. Despite the fact that he has many needs and no parents, Maxi is happy and has many dreams for the future. He is a good reminder to each of us. When we are concerned about things that are not so important, God shakes us with these stories and tells us: "Take care of Maxi. Embrace him. He is my treasure.” These sweet reminders makes each of us grow, grow for good like the Lord calls us!
Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving Maxi. Thank You for calling this sweet young boy and others in this neighborhood of despair to Your refuge, to Su Refugio. Please equip us to serve these children in Your name, to love them, to share appropriate affection and concern, to provide for their physical and emotional needs, and especially to nurture a relationship with You. Father, YOU are the hope for these children. We praise You for the privilege You have called us to in this ministry. Amen
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