Friday, July 9, 2010

Unseen needs

They enjoy all the football matches they have every evening.
They enjoy every single meal provided on the tables.
They enjoy going and coming back from the school everyday.
One would think that life is so carefree and problem-free for them.
But is that really true?

Just about a week ago, one of the 10 years old climbed up to the water storage area to vent his anger and frustration. The storage area is about 5 metes high and he was at 3.5meters. To cut the long story short, we had to bring him down by force and the “drama” didn’t end there. He was fighting back physically and verbally with us because he just felt frustrated. At one point we just have to hold him down.

We have another three younger ones. It is only recently that I’ve learned about their past. If you know of their past, you will think that life just doesn’t make sense. If we could think that life doesn’t make sense for them, then imagine how would their little mind comprehend what they had been through.

A few of them seems to have problem with certain struggles that one think that kids at that age shouldn’t be facing. But the reality is that they are facing them in their life.

These are just a few examples mentioned, but it should be enough to make us realized that kids have needs too and their needs are not limited to the physical (ie: daily provisions). Apart from extending compassion and empathy let us also realized that God has empowered us to meet those unseen needs as He has said in Isaiah 61:1-4 and let His Spirit gives us insight and discernment for each person.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor, he has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted. To proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God. To comfort those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…”

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