3 August 2013
Aldas Bekessege, Friends!
Yesterday, we visited many mission sites around Nagydobrony (a village in sub-Carpathian Ukraine): 3 different Gypsy villages, an orphanage, and a farm connected to a Reformed school. Life certainly isn’t easy for many of the children we met, especially in the Gypsy villages. Electricty is a relatively new improvement to their houses, which are constructed of mud bricks, and the only running water comes from a few communal wells along the road. The houses generally only have 1 or 2 rooms for large families with up to 12 children.
As I think about the kids we met and played with, I am reminded that Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). What does that mean for us? What can we learn from these kids, who came out of their mud brick houses to meet us, who wanted to hold our hands and talk to us as we walked to the park, and smiled the biggest smiles when we asked to take their pictures? We need to humble ourselves – go back to basics. Remember that the most important feelings in the world are not ones of success or power or ownership, but of joy, of loving and being loved.