Every 14 seconds

Did you know that every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS? Yesterday that number was 6,171 children.
It hits cold and hard against the mind. I barely know how to assimilate this information into my understanding of reality. The gut wrenching facts force me to look at my life with a new lens. I just spent the day with my healthy children while my husband worked. For the blessing of that I am tremendously grateful. We can provide for our children, we are strong enough to work hard. We have all that we need - education, church, safety, healthcare, a job. I see beauty and privilege all around me but do I always appreciate it as much as I should? Here in this moment I am deeply thankful and profoundly aware of grace that I walk in. It's the grace that remains hidden unless noticed, the grace that becomes assumed as a right rather than a gift bestowed. I want my eyes to be open, seeing, living in reality rather than blinded, confused and ungrateful.
Of the estimated 2 million children under 15 living with HIV, nearly 90 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa.
Faces flicker in my mind - the countenances of our three beautiful Compassion boys in HIV/AIDS affected Ethiopia, one of whom is orphaned and living with his sister and brother. I breathe slowly, thinking about the harsh existence this earth has offered them, but I know this is not the end of the story. Their story has a very different conclusion now that they are part of the Compassion project. They have healthcare, education, community, food, and prayer. They have a lifeline, the opportunity to thrive spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially. They have hope. Their narrative is one of redemption out of the suffering of existence and I am grateful that I get to be a part of that. The problem of HIV seems overwhelming but I can embrace one child at a time, love that one and pray for a new hope and a new beginning. I have the privilege of making a difference with our three African boys and it is worth every penny.


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Comments

brimichelle said…
Thank you so much for sharing this post Kirsty and thank you for helping release children from poverty in Jesus' name! So grateful for you!

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