By Pastor Ted Krey
Poverty is something which marginalizes a person. Your house is little more than a log cabin with a tin roof and you have access to only the most basic of foods. Sadly, it is even more a life lived on the fringes when one is both poor and born with some sort of disability. Often, both child and mother rarely get out of the house due to no social network or assistance. Parents have limited access to medication or health care due to their conditions, act out, and parents already at their limits are further burdened in coping with a marginal existence.
“Amigos de Jesus”, a support group for children and their parents with disabilities, has been established in two different congregations (Licey and Palmar Arriba), with the purpose of bringing parents and children with disabilities together around a study of the Word, Christ’s promises, crafts, songs and an introduction to the Christian family. This work has borne fruit. Fredelin, Joel, and Ericson were placed through Water and the Word squarely into the Father’s loving hands in having their sins washed away. They are now in a family, the Christian family. This family is one that is merciful, seeking their best both in body and soul.
Fredelin’s home had collapsed. For some time already, the house which was made of palm wood and a tin roof had a noticeable lean. When it collapsed, fortunately, no one was inside. The Christian family helped them to build a better one, yet still a simple dwelling, but certainly better and more importantly, with a much more solid foundation than the previous one.
As such, these three children, by God’s grace, all now have a much more solid foundation as well. The Father, in His dear Son Jesus, has announced that they are his beloved children, and as such, they can bask and revel in the fact that they are unconditionally loved and the apple of His eye. There are no children of the Father who are on the margins when he has declared one His own, and He is ours and we are His. Give thanks with us to our dear Heavenly Father for these three most dear children who have been added to the kingdom for Christ’s sake.