Recently I visited a small Grow International Ministries "New Beginnings" campsite just outside Manila. Camps are held for up to 40 children as often as funds are available. As we were leaving, 33 needy children arrived all in one jeepney! Were the children ever excited!
The cost for this ministry to street and other needy children is only $15 each child for a two-day, one-night camp; a camp in which each child receives kindness, compassion, lots of food, sports, and especially the gospel.
There is an estimated 200,000 street children in the 17 cities that make up Metro Manila. It will take many years to reach them at only 33 at a time, but this little camp (and other ministries) is making a start to the glory of God.
I think one of the goals my wife and I will make for 2014 for our ministry is to trust the Lord for funds to sponsor a camp for 40 children each month ($600). May not seem like much, but in twelve months that is 480 children receiving the gospel and compassionate care.