Between who I am
and who I used to be..
can we all find that place at a thought ?
How’s your heart ? Between the darkness and the light ?
Do we flee, or seek haven ? Do we settle somewhere in the middle
between peace and always wanting more ?
‘Hagar International’ is a refuge.
A friend has returned to NZ for a two week break from Cambodia
where she works to rehabilitate the exploited abused rejected
women and children
restore them through holistic care 1000 at a time towards
resilience and dignity
to walk a journey of recovery which will enable them at best
to reach their potential.
The power of prayer is evident in this following story,
one of thousands.
“the God Who Sees Me Holds Onto Me In Hard Times”
Picture this –
A 10 year old girl is sold for the second time by her mother
for $50. She has already suffered unimaginable things.
She wears a wooden cross and her new ‘owner’ says she
must not. So she wears the cross hidden beneath her shirt.
One day she is spotted by a person known to her from “Hagar”.
Remember, this is the second time she has been persecuted
yet when she is rescued she pulls from inside her shirt
her wooden cross, says, " I have prayed for two days to God for
someone to save me."
Over there to find a missing child is like looking for a
needle in a haystack……
Another story –
A 12 year old with a 6 week old baby
she has been raped
she has no home and
a widow with a little house full of termite holes
takes the girl and her baby in
she makes it her mission to give a shelter to these two children
her home becomes their home and for
$500 dollars the rotting house is being rebuilt
through donated funds.
‘Hagar International’ Cambodia
provides a Women’s Shelter for recovery from rape
trafficking and domestic violence.
Hagar provides employment – non profit tradeaid – bag making
soy bean products etc and so to provide these exploited people
with a small income – for their sustainability and their self esteem.
Hagar has a ’ House of Smiles ’
where the ‘bottom of the bucket’ children who have otherwise been
hidden in their homes because of their physical and/or intellectual
disabilities, learn to sit up – among other things – within 3 months of
living at ‘The House of Smiles’.
Hagar provides schooling
kids working on a dump get a second chance at the age of 11.
The school backs onto a slum.
The education they receive provides these children with a future.
These sharings with you are but a drop in the ocean
my message is that a little goes a long way
even a prayer makes a difference.
Are we stuck between our plan for ourself or God’s plan for us ?
the God we want and the God who is ?
a couple of ref verses for Giving..
proverbs 21 :13
psalms 41 : 1
micah 6 : 8