A couple of thoughts have been weighing heavily on my heart lately. The first is the words of Jesus, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.” The second thought about ‘the least of these’ is from James, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
Although he’s not an orphan, Bryan lives in Panama which has the second-most unequal income distribution in Latin America. Minimum wage in Panama is around $252 USD a month for a typical office worker, which means the average family is living on about $8 per day.
Through Latin America Child Care, we have sponsored Bryan’s education. For just $32 per month he is attending an LACC school called Las Mañanitas. He is being provided with a school uniform, breakfast and lunch, and after-school tutoring. And best of all, he is surrounded all day by teachers who love Jesus and who love Bryan.
Rick Pasquale is the North American coordinator for LACC. Yesterday at Calvary Assembly Rick shared that 100% of LACC students accept Jesus as their personal Savior before graduating. Let me repeat that figure: 100% have a relationship with Jesus! And not only that, but many of these students then become excellent missionaries to their own families.
One of the greatest things we can do to help struggling countries is to educate their citizenry. The fact that Bryan will receive a great education and have an opportunity to develop his relationship with Jesus makes this invest all the more gratifying.
In a couple of weeks I’ll be challenging our Impact! Youth group to step up and sponsor an LACC student. But you don’t have to wait… you too can make an eternal difference in a young person’s life with a daily investment of less than it costs to buy a Pepsi. I’d love to have you join my family in sponsoring one of the least of these.