Monthly Archives: March 2013
THE VICTORY OF EASTER
Color in the gloom,
a little bud does bloom.
turns to longer light.
The shiver in the air –
a puff of warmth it does bare.
After winter’s harsh perusal,
What once seemed only dead
now has life ahead.
That silence within so long
has a song.
Heart frozen for years,
soul full of tears,
and here now NEW.
This promise of new life so TRUE.
On this Easter morn
our sorrow is shorn
as we are reminded again
that HE conquered death and sin –
over all darkness we win.
by Krinda Joy - Creative Arts @CDM
Image by troymarcyphotography.com
PASS IT ON
This is our last installment in this series – for now.
It’s been a month since I started these stories, and the courage of these children has truly touched me. Also, their plight wretched my heart. For them, these aren’t just stories, they are real life. They are their lives.
The story here is an encouragement that the program we have in Bulgaria IS making a difference in more lives than we know…
Last month, our partners in Bulgaria visited the home of three sisters who are in our Strajitsa program. The youngest is 5 years old, and was home at the time while her sisters were at school. The girls have the privilege of living with both parents and their grandmother. Even though it was a tight space in the house, there was a warmth there. The dad works to support all of the 5 women. On our visit, the girl’s mother was very proud and told how her older daughters are doing well in school, and even behave well at home. Then, she went on to say how much they love coming to the church program we have. They always come home happy, and enjoy learning from the “teacher”; they also come home and become the teachers. They tell their mom and grandma all about the educational things they learned, as well as the stories from the Bible and about God. The girls are leading the way. They are passing it on, and their home is changed because of it. Their little sister will grow up with all these stories of love and hope…
Isn’t that why we’re all here on this earth still? To pass on the love and hope we’ve found? And, to pass on stories like that of these children of Bulgaria, so they will no longer be forgotten. For every child that learns about Jesus, there are more people that are touched through them. Like I spoke about in the last blog, we change the world one story, one hug, one message of love at a time.
This message is simple. Short.
Pass it on.
Written By: Krinda Joy, CDM Creative Team
PARENTS AND PLACE
A parent’s love and affirmation is unmatched.
It can inspire a child. Give them hope. Give them vision.
Ultimately, it gives a child a secure place from which they can dream, and believe those dreams are possible!
Last week, I wrote the story of Adjano – a sweet but scared little boy, displaced in this world. This week, I want to talk about Tinka. I want to talk about the difference parents, and knowing you have “a place,” makes.
Unlike many of the families we work with in our Bulgarian Program, Tinka’s parents are still together. They are also warm and inviting – truly thankful for the church and the Changing a Generation program Tinka attends. They love their daughter so much and they do whatever they can do give her the things she desires. Awhile back, Tinka’s father was going to buy a good, cheap car he had found. Then, he discovered his daughter wanted a computer, and chose to use the money for that instead. This was a big sacrifice now that both parents are unemployed. Tinka’s mother used to work in a hospital, but got fired. The dad often goes abroad to work, as there are more opportunities, but he always comes back to be with his family. Tinka is now 14 years old and in 7th grade. Her parent’s proudly talk about how smart she is; she learns quickly and does well especially in English. She even plays the guitar – a gift they saved up to give her some time ago. Since high school in Bulgaria is only available on an acceptance basis, Tinka’s parents are having her apply now to continue her education. They dream of a better future for her, and want to send her to the port city her older sister lives in. In that city, there’s a good Naval High School. Tinka would really like to work on one of the big ships. Her parents are doing everything they can to make that happen.
Tinka will make it.
She will be okay because she always has a place she knows she belongs in this world. She has a place in her parent’s hearts where she can find inspiration, courage, and affirmations that she is important. She is loved. Tinka does not live afraid of being kicked out, of being sold or abandoned by her family.
I wish I could say the same about every child we work with in Bulgaria. But, the sad truth is, many are like our story of Fenya, where her father left them and her mother had to go out of country just to support them. Or like Adjano, whose mother simply disappeared, and whose father hasn’t come to see him since. They have family around, but not their parents. They’ll never know the love of a mother, or the protection of a father. They are like orphans. To me, this is where we come in. We are the harbor for “orphans” to come and find a safe place – to receive affirmation and courage. We help to inspire dreams.
I can guarantee you, somewhere in your life there’s an orphan. There is a child that needs a “place.” They may life in a nice home and have nice stuff, but there’s an absent father, a missing mother, or both are gone and they live with grandparents. Every child can’t have “parents” in the true sense of the definition, but we can step in and provide that love, that affirmation, and place. Whether we sponsor a child, or choose someone in our church/neighborhood to shower love on, or adopt in a literal sense, we have a role to play.
We may not have a lot.
Tinka’s parents do not.
But they have love.
And, we do too.
Written By: Krinda Joy, CDM Creative Team