Julie and I were traveling by bus along with 20 other leaders from the U.S.A. from Bogota to Cartagena. Just the previous day we had flown from our home in Northern Ohio to Colombia, South America.
As we settled in for the multi-hour bus-ride, our conversation turned toward the children of Colombia. Specifically the children who would be part of Compassion International’s ministry at two of the new churches Stadia was in the process of planting.
Our friend Erik, who works for Compassion, handed us six child-sponsorship packets representing six of the children that could be sponsored at the churches we would be visiting. Julie and I slowly read the details about each child; who they lived with, what they enjoyed doing, how well they were doing in school. And then we returned the packets to Erik.
I turned to Julie and said, “You know, I just didn’t feel the Holy Spirit nudging us to sponsor any of those children.” And Julie replied, “You don’t need to feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge . . . Jesus already told you to care for these children simply because it’s the right thing to do!”
And so, four year old Lainer and three year old Chamell entered our extended family . . . simply because Jesus said it’s the right thing to do.