“They will call him Immanuel” which means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
Recently, we had the opportunity to encourage one of the boys in our homes who has struggled with fear for many years. Since arriving at the Abraham Project, he has received Jesus into his heart, attended the Baptism class at our church, and has been baptized. However his struggle with fear is very real to him. We asked him if he ever prays when he feels scared. He said, “No.” We began to realize that he had not yet fully trusted Christ to take care of his fears for him. He wasn’t convinced that Jesus would help him. We reminded him of the life he once had: no education, poverty, hunger, and neglect. We shared with him that God brought him to the project because He cared so much for him. Coming here was a gift that God gave him. We wanted him to know that Immanuel lives in him, and He is so faithful to take good care of him. This will be a lesson that he will carry with him for the rest of his life. It is one of hope, confidence, and love and it will bring great comfort.
We are grateful for the privilege of instilling this important concept in our kids. God is with them and He is for them. The children in our homes have been able to see Immanuel, “God with us” in a practical, powerful way. Here’s what they have to say:
● “Jesus died for my sins. God has a plan for me.” ~ Isaac
● “My tíos care about me because they help me with my school work.” ~ Ericka
● “My tíos love me.” ~ Angela
● “As I get older, I learn to respect others and value the things I have.” ~ Roberto
● “I love it here.” ~ Sharon
“Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
This holiday season may our hearts go out to those who will not enjoy a blessed Christmas Day. Look for the opportunity to share with those who have nothing. There is nothing more inspiring than giving to those in need and seeing the difference that Immanuel, “God with us” makes in their lives!
FELIZ NAVIDAD Y PROSPERO AÑO NUEVO!