I admitted recently that my prayers sounded selfish and desperate but in actuality it was just me believing if I asked God for big things then big results were possible. If I asked him for miracles he would respond with miracles.
And boy did he ever respond!
September was wonderful yet challenging all at the same time. I officially moved to the city where our ministry is located. I was able to begin to see what life here looks like helping our street kids.
But I was also faced with the challenges that came along with that. Hearing the children ask for food because they haven’t had anything to eat all day. Seeing the kids high and out of control. Knowing these kids have no hope and no dreams for a future that is possible for them.
And one of the biggest challenges…the kids not responding how we hoped they would.
We began renting a room for the children to have a safe place to hang out instead of the streets. A place where they could come and receive a meal for the day. A place where soon they will receive education.
But in renting this room magic didn’t just happen. There weren’t instant results over night.
The last week of September we barely saw the kids.
One day we saw three kids. So we told them to meet us the next day at the center at a certain time. No one showed.
The day after that we found one kid. Again we told him the same things. And again the next day he was a no show.
We searched every where for our kids. But we couldn’t seem to consistently find them.
For months we have been praying for men to come help with our ministry since the majority of our kids are boys and they react better with men.
God faithfully answered that prayer and coming into October we knew we had a team of guys coming to help us for the month.
But as a ministry team we were worried the guys wouldn’t have enough to do. We were worried the kids wouldn’t be around for the men to form relationships with the kids.
So as a team we began to pray and brainstorm ideas for this team. Ways to best utilize them. We also knew we had a few construction projects we wanted the men to complete.
So our goal was to have the men complete the construction projects the first week. This gave us time to try and find our kids more consistently and introduce them to the team of men on a day to day basis.
It was a great plan but at the same time we knew there was a lot of work to be done.
We knew we just had to plan things out and ultimately trust in God’s planning and timing.
So October rolled around and the team arrived. We picked them up super early at the airport and told them we would see them at lunchtime for orientation.
During orientation our goal was to be very straightforward with the team. We wanted them to understand we are a new ministry and we need their help in forming relationships with our kids to create a desire in them to want to come to our center instead of the streets.
We didn’t know how the month would play out but we just prayed God would use this team to breakthrough to our kids.
As we were sitting there explaining all of these things to the team, three of our kids just showed up at our center!
This may read as a simple, ordinary sentence to you. But I can assure you it is far from that.
The kids just showed up without any prodding or asking from us. We didn’t have to go searching around the city. We didn’t have to bribe them with a meal to come to the center. They were there on their own!
That night we came home exhausted and drained from our first full day with the team. But I found myself standing in the kitchen yelling,
“God didn’t send an angel with a sack of rice to the center, but man that sure was such a miracle when the kids showed up!”
God’s timing was so perfect as he brought the kids to meet the guys. Exactly as it was being explained who our kids are and how we wanted the team to impact these kids lives.
This day and the days that have followed have been nothing short of miracles from God. And I am confident he has been pouring out miracles left and right because I asked. Because we asked. Because you asked.