IMG_1254I have received a whole bunch of these.  They are biopics of students who were part of the Project 24 rescue centers.  They are a picture with basically a whole life described on one sheet of paper.  One of the problems that developed over time with Project 24 was the individual support and how to keep donors in touch with those they sponsored.  We will explain some of that as we go but right now the concept that is bothering me is that “life on a page”.  These are young people in some kind of crisis, human beings that will grow, we hope to have a chance to be an educator or evangelist, or pastor, or deaconess’ themselves.  They are objects of infinite value because they were bought and paid for by the blood of Christ.

From James 1 we read, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” 

There is a lot of backlash against mercy work right now and we have often listed the attacks that come about because folks believe that missions and mercy should be separated and that missions has nothing to do with mercy at all.  We are not going to rehash those issues now.

Let’s just look at a testimonial written on the back of a biopics by a teacher at a school with Project 24 students.  When it looked like every thing was going to fall a part a new management team took over and got things in hand.  The Deaconess wrote this  and these are her words unedited…..

As well-known it takes huge effort both collectively an individual level, to
organize a boarding such is this available to us. It motivates us to have LC MS
office and donors who see the need to continue and develop this project through
support in many ways. I appreciate that such kind of support is made possible
by people who have not excess to give but spared the little they have just to share
with disadvantaged children.

Deaconess Roselyne Lokeris