Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Read:Acts 1:8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Every day, young lives are transformed in Brazil, but we know children are suffering in many other ways and locations around the world. In Mozambique, 1.6 million children were orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. In Thailand, hundreds of thousands of children are enslaved in the sex trade. In Moldova, thousands upon thousands of orphans live in subhuman conditions enslaved by poverty. Every one of these children cries out for hope.
Join Hope Unlimited for Children in actively asking God where to go next. To what country, to what children, and to what need? Hope Unlimited leadership continues to examine where our resources and over 20 years of experience helping children at risk will do the most good for the glory of God.
Pray:Lord, grant wisdom to the leadership of Hope Unlimited. As they prepare to follow You beyond the borders of Brazil, please give Philip Smith, David Nowell, Derli Barbosa, and Hope's Board of Directors clarity of vision and conviction of purpose.
Read:Deuteronomy 15:10-11Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.
"When I realized how bad the problem is, God would not let me sit on the sidelines," said one Hope Unlimited supporter. Friends of Hope Unlimited come from all walks of life and from all over the world. They all have one thing in common: they take God seriously as He has called us to care for his children. And we know someday He will also say to them, "You have done it unto me." With the help of our volunteers and donors, Hope Unlimited for Children has changed the lives of thousands of children—forever. Praise God!
Pray:Father, thank you for those who bless your children even as they are blessed by You. Warm their hearts with the knowledge that they are instruments of your grace and love. Raise up more funding and volunteers for Hope Unlimited to make an eternal impact for your kingdom.
Read:Psalms 142:5-7I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.
As Hope Unlimited begins work to develop new juvenile justice programs in Brazil, read Board member Dr. Burt McDowell's account of his visit to the prison in Cariacica.
I tried to prepare myself for the sights, smells, and sounds of the place, but I was still shocked. The physical and spiritual darkness was oppressive. A barren, crumbling cement building housed the children in windowless cells with no running water, bathing facilities, heat, or fresh air. Toilets were holes in the cement floor. It was hard to believe the dark forms that approached the steel bars were human. Yet as we talked and prayed with the kids, most seemed desperate to be given another chance. I did not sleep well that night; I was haunted by images of caged children.
Pray:In our sin, Lord, You came to us, not judging, but forgiving and restoring. Help Hope Unlimited to be an instrument of your grace to children in prison. Show me how to give hope to the hopeless as you have done for me.
Read:Joshua 24:15But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Our mission: Transforming the lives of children at mortal risk, providing them and their future generations a productive future and eternal hope.
It's thrilling to sit in our graduate church and look around the room at our Hope Unlimited "grandchildren"—the children whose parents are a part of the Hope family. The greatest thrill is knowing how different the lives of these children will be because their parents embraced the chance to transform that was offered to them. That's where the "and their future generations" part of our mission comes to fruition.
Pray:Father, we ask your blessings on the families of Hope Unlimited. Bless the parents committed to breaking cycles of poverty, despair, and hopelessness. Bless their children growing up in homes committed to your way.