What is Pro Life?

 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

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Often lost in the whole pro-life/ pro-choice debate is the heart of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the defender of life but we must not be so focused on life beginning at conception; that we forget it doesn’t end at birth. In God’s eyes; life is not only about its opening chapter, but also about its closing lines. The same Savior, who writes down the name of every child in His book also offers to carry each of us in His arms to the very end. Where we stand on the issue of life is not only about what we say, but more importantly is about what we do. How we chose to invest our time and hearts in the lives of others will reap returns for all eternity. What better pro-life statement can we make than to serve the real people in our own small corner of this world from conception to their final breath?

Dona Quina and William

Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isaiah 46:4

Would You Go For One? Challenge Day 2

India and Nepal 101

My Pastor,Dr. Joliam Sampaio often spends extended time on the mission field in various third world countries. He has traveled to Ethiopia, Nepal, Peru and India, as well as several nations in Africa. While on a two week missions trip with him I learned one of the secrets that helps keep him going. When people were late, when the road was filled with holes, when nothing worked according to plan, instead of getting stressed he often just laughed and said “In all things have fun!” Whether we were in the slums of Katmandu or some obscure village in India he knew that one secret of effective servant-hood is just enjoying the people around him. One day during a visit to a little village in India he (as a former dentist) gave a dental hygiene demonstration with a huge toothbrush on a funny looking oversized set of plastic teeth. Afterward he passed out toothbrushes to the 25-30 children who came for the meeting in a building with a dirt floor covered by carpet. One tiny girl so treasured her toothbrush that as we were singing she decided that the safest way for her toothbrush was  hidden under the rug!

I had traveled thousands of miles yet in that one moment the value of why I was there was reflected in the face of one single child. Whatever the challenge God lays before you this week, remember the value in a single soul. Only one question for this day’s challenge:

Would you do it for one? 

Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” Luke 9:48