When I am surrounded by so much need, I sometimes find that I distance myself and disconnect from the actual people in need. I choose to no longer see them as people, but more as potential strains on the limited resources we have. It was difficult to confess that just now, but in reality I think I do this so I don’t have to feel guilty for saying no. It’s not easy to balance the need, to be responsible for the finances generously and trustingly given, and to make the decision to step out in faith and help those in need. At the same time it is foolish to run an organization based purely on the need as the needs will always outweigh the provision.
I recently found myself frustrated when another organization brought 3 disabled girls to Grace Centre. We were told no one else would help them, that they had no other option – no other hope. I felt frustrated that this organization brought them to us in the first place. I felt frustrated when it was confirmed that no other organization would help them. I felt frustrated that, even though Grace is just surviving month by month, there continues to be so much need, too much need. I felt frustrated that I was in this position. Saying yes would be a lifelong commitment. It would mean another foster care mother, a house, clothes, food, furniture, counselling and hiring special needs workers for day care and school. It would mean more resources we didn’t have.
But we said yes.
We didn’t say yes to the potential strains on finances.
We said yes to Woyenshet, aged 14 who is paralysed from her waist down. We said yes to Birke, aged 13, who has a weak arm and intestinal TB. We said yes to Mutchet who is 11 and Birke’s little sister. She is also paralysed waist down.
We said yes to three young girls who had no more hope. They had been forgotten and rejected. But that yes gave them hope. Hope for a better future. Hope to receive what every human has the right to receive: Food; shelter; clothes; education. But more than that, a new family, love. A place where they are valued and could begin to believe in themselves once again.
As I sat and talked with Woyenshet, Birke, Mutchet and their foster care mother in their new home I saw 3 young girls who were given a new beginning.
I am grateful and honoured to be a part of giving these girls a Grace family. I am honoured and grateful to know these girls and to see them smile again and know that Grace had something to do with that.
I reflect this Easter break on our Father’s sacrifice for us. We had no hope of a new beginning. But His sacrifice, that was beyond comprehension, gave us our new beginning. For Him it was a lifelong commitment. For us, a yes from Him, brought us new hope, a new life and relationship with Him.
This Easter has been an encouragement for me, and I hope for you also, to not forget about the people around you, whether they are directly in front of you, or a neighbour struggling to make ends meet, or a child in need across the ocean. Remember His sacrifice and the hope He has given you. And say yes.