Reach out and touch another human being with your heart and soul….how hard could it be?
Earl and I have sponsored a Compassion International child named Birru Maran from India for the past 6 years, he is 9 years old now and his birthday is July 4th, 2002. I carry a picture of Birru in my Bible as a bookmark and pray for this dear, sweet boy.
Each year we exchange with him several letters and birthday and Christmas cards. We send him pictures of us and little stickers that kids like and anything else we can find that lay flat in an envelope.
Recently we received the following letter, and I want to share it the way he expressed himself.
“Dear loving Parents, Yours son Birru Maran is writing with thanks. I am safe here, and I hope that you are also safe there. I received letter from you. I read the letter and felt so happy. Sometimes I look into sky and says Hello. We also celebrate Thanks giving festival here every year. I am learning verses daily in the Project, and growing in the way of God. Now we are in March month. It is summer season. Now I am preparing for my annual examinations. I praying daily for you. Yours loving son, Birru Maran”
This young boy brought me to tears. One small act of compassion has brought new life in Christ to this young one in India. We have brought him love, and he in return, gives us his love.
I have seen pictures of our son Birru when he was but a skinny malnourished child to now a child with a young boy face and a healthy and vaccinated body – from a son who drew pictures of his favorite animals to a young lad who writes that he loves us and is growing in the way of God.
Jesus Christ is the very picture of compassion. He always reacted to the children with compassion and love. And He defended them strongly by warning, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.” Matthew 18:6
All the little children of the world are God’s children, and each child should be loved and held and taught about Jesus. We are but their caretakers while here on earth and that responsibility that God has given us is to be taken with all seriousness. The gift of children is a gift to treasure.
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3
Our children are all grown up, happy and healthy, and they all believe in Jesus Christ. We have grandchildren that we pray will someday know our Savior too. But being able to do so now, we touch another child with our hearts in a depressed area of India with his parents and siblings who also are hearing the Word through our son, Birru.