A promise you can trust...

As our week in Lodz comes to a close, our team has had several of those moments that give you a big dose of perspective.  Those moments where you realize the things you worry about, complain about or perhaps think you need, are so insignificant.  

We spent some time in a women's shelter this week.  We did our best to leave the home a little brighter and hopefully, with a little more hope.  A couple of our guys put a chest of drawers in a room where three older women were living.  A room where these ladies will probably live out the rest of their days void of family or friends. 

We spent the majority of our time working with the children of Solna Street.  These kids were a mixture of kids from the neighborhood and kids from a foster home that houses many children (kind of like a small orphanage).  Each day after the program ended many of the children would just leave on their own...no parent or family member to pick them up and ask them about their day or walk them home.  

One little guy named Piotr stole everyone's heart.  He had been dropped off at the foster home just two days before coming Solna Street.  He was four years old but so tiny and most of his front teeth were missing.  You could tell he had not be well taken care of or well loved.  One day our craft included writing a note to someone and Piotr's note read - Mom and Dad, come back and get me.     

 Moments like these bring our focus right back to why we are here...to share the love of Jesus.  To share the truth of a God that will never leave them and is always with them.  A sustaining truth that will bring hope on the darkest of days.    

Deusteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God will never leave you or forsake you.  

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Rhonda Blanchard