Thursday, May 24, 2012

Home, But Not Alone

Sick, but cared for, but not street children …

“…always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people” (1 Thessalonians 5:15, nasb).

On one occasion my wife talked me into staying home to work from the house. It seemed that a cold hads hit me with a vengeance; perhaps the result of my excessive travel and work schedule. I have had difficulty sleeping because of jet lag, but when I lay down after lunch, I immediately drifted off.

As I lay on the bed, there was fresh air blowing in from the window, the smell of homemade bread, the sheets were warm and clean. Margaret made sure I was eating well and drinking fluids, and to top it off, she brought me chicken noodle soup and bread that you could smell for a block! To say the least, I was well taken care of.

As I closed my eyes, I couldn’t help but think of the street children of the world that I have come to love. What do they do when they are ill? Where do they sleep? Who cares for them? Believe me, there is no fresh water to drink, no smell of homemade bread, and no chicken noodle soup. There may be scraps from a garbage dump, but they have no energy to forage for it. There is no place for them to sleep in safety, no soft bed, no toilet or fresh air—only the polluted filthy smell of an unfriendly alley.

There are 160 million street children throughout the world. In the major cities – Lusaka, Lilongwe, Kampala, São Paulo, Bogotá, Mexico City, Phom Penh, Manila – street children simply exist by animal instinct.

Would you pray for ministries which are reaching out to street and underprivileged children with the glorious Gospel of Christ and compassionate care. We are praying for 100 additional missionaries from age 21 to 70 to work on the street with children. Perhaps you sense God’s calling to serve among 160 million street children of the world. If so, contact me @, and I will direct you to some good mission boards that need missionaries to children worldwide desperately. It will mean more to me than homemade soup!

1 comment:

acts1322 said...

Hi Doug,

I've been wondering for many years who the author is of 'The Parable of the Old Man who Wanted to go to the Bathroom'. I have been using your parable for many years in both the disaster relief and community development (I now call it "Kingdom Transformation") training I have been giving. Finally, just yesterday someone who attended my training in Chennai somehow tracked you down on the internet and gave me the url of your blog. I have your parable in a manual, but you can see it also on my blog:
THANK YOU so very much my brother. Thank you that you loved that old man. And thank you for sharing your story. Your story and example has touched me very deeply, and has touched the lives of hundreds and possibly thousands to whom I have shared your story. I would love to get to know you if you could email me please. My name is Eng Hoe and my email is