He Hears

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The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. (Psalm 69:33)

Read: Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22, Luke 8:4-21, Psalm 69:19-36, Proverbs 12:2-3

Relate: The character Adanna in the novel Scared is inspired in part by a few different stories of real victims and in part by the plight of literally millions in similar circumstances. One of those true stories is of a girl who, at eleven, is left an orphan who is also responsible for her younger brother and sister. The three survive on the charity of others, but in a community of extreme poverty where tragedy is commonplace that generosity soon dries up. The three are slowly and steadily starving.

The real Adanna had heard of some men who might help her, but she had also been warned against going to them. These men trade sex for food. For a long time she avoids it but help from other sources is becoming harder and harder to come by. Finally, she and her younger siblings have gone for a week without food and there is no other choice. She wanted to remain pure but what good is purity when you are dead? She goes and these men beat her and abuse her for hours before finally sending her home with a couple days worth of food. They also sent her home with AIDS.

All her neighbors know immediately what has happened and even the smallest chance of any future help from them is gone. In just a very short time Adanna will be dead. She will be part of a statistic marking the tragic stories of millions like her. Until that time she is a sex slave. She’s a victim whose very daily bread is dependent on the whims of animals who mistakenly call themselves men.

React: The Lord hears the cry of the needy and does not despise His captive people. Do we? If every American tithed 1% of their annual discretionary spending (extra money, not actual income) we could meet the global food and sanitation needs of everyone on our planet. Let me put it another way, if we spent one dollar for every thirty we spend at restaurants… problem solved. How much have I spent eating out in March? How much have I given towards the 15 million children who will die of hunger this year? What have I given towards those who, like Adanna, face the choice of slavery or death?

Respond: 

God, when I get up from my knees, don’t let me go back to a normal life. Don’t let me sit here and read… and write about such a desperate need and then do nothing. My tears, my prayers are an important start. But they are a start. Let me not finish, let me not be content until You return and justice is served. Until then, help me to bring Your coming Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.

Do Something:

World Vision
Compassion International
Project Rescue
Invisible Children
Not For Sale
The ONE Campaign
Blood Water Mission
Live 58

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37 thoughts on “He Hears

  1. Thank you for bringing another tiny piece of cruel, sad reality to light and also for linking the scripture verses together. ‘And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.’ Revelation 21:4 KJV. Praise God for this hope.

  2. I am inspired by the aroma of your spirit. The work put in is reflective to study and a love for Jesus. I intend to follow your work because My impregnated spirit began to leap when I read a few of your post. I wish I knew how to get around in this new endeavor as well as others, please pray my strength and ability to make my page as attractive and effective as those i have viewed associated with yours. God bless you & yours tonight and forever..

  3. Truth, powerfully spoken. Thank you for this convicting message.
    I pray that Christ will richly bless you and your ministry.

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  5. There is still hope even in pain. God has a way of taking care of his people. Gods love will continue to abide with the broken hearts .What a gift you are for bringing attention to the sufferings of Gods people.

  6. As another orphan advocate and board member of an adoption/foster care ministry, I am always thrilled when the plight of the orphan is brought to the forefront. Thank you for being the hands and feet. I will post this on fb.

  7. I am called to be a missionary to South Africa. Lately, I have gone through a dry spot in life. This video and message put Gods fire back into my bones. Thank you!!!

  8. Thank you for not only posting eloquently about the problem, but providing links to places we can go to help be part of the solution. This is how we partner with God in transforming His world for the better. May God continue to bless your ministry.

  9. Slavery is still alive and well [throughout the world]… despite what we have done in the U.S. to curtail it. The sex slave is alive and living here in the U.S., posing as students that come as willing students [all with visas] or as chattel… indebted servitude while a poor family eats for a short time at home [unaware of what has happened and has no contact with those subjected to this living nightmare]. Pray for those who are still disgusted by this… for those in positions that can do something about it and continue writing as you have here- as the salt of the Earth. Maranatha.

    • Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. ~ Psalms 50:14-15

      Knowing that I was saved from a life of destruction to give back is an awesome revelation. I am elated to hear that others are In love with the key holder of life. It brings me so much joy to exude Christ with my time talents and treasures. Being stripped of all fame and positions has rendered me able to serve God with the zeal required to bring others into His marvelous light. Prison, drug addiction and stinking thinking has all been the vehicle to surrender to the only wise God. I appreciate all of your post that sends off an aroma of submission to God to do His will. Make this Good Friday a day of death to all compromise so that His life will live in your mortal bodies…

      Offer thanksgiving and He will stay close, open your mouth to Him with praise and He will quite the harassment’s of your enemy.

  10. This is moving and insightful. In recent months, I’ve become more frugal. I guess my in-laws inspired me when I found out they use coupons. Sounds silly, I know. It got me thinking I could do better (not that I’m really bad with money anyway). But then when I returned home after a few months traveling, I realized there are more homeless people in my area than there were three years ago. I went from, “I don’t need to buy new running shorts because they’re too expensive,” to “I don’t need to buy new running shorts, because I could spend $40 on food for these people.”

    I’m running into two problems with that, which I’d love to discuss with anyone who’s up for it!

    Firstly, I have a strong desire to help people in ways besides giving money! Man cannot live by bread alone!

    Secondly, I’m in Japan… Well, I guess that’s a topic for local ministers — but what do you think about helping people with time / skills, etc., not just donations? It feels like donating all the money in the world makes little difference.

    • I believe both are necessary. Giving both of time/talents and giving money. When I give to Project Rescue, or my WV sponsor child, I am helping people far beyond my local reach, but that doesn’t let me off the hook helping locally. Already as a one month old local church we have partnered with a couple on the ground ministries and will be doing more so as time goes on. Find out what is being done in your area with regards to the needs that most touch your heart then speak with someone there as to how you can contribute your time and giftings to best help them further their mission. God bless you as you continue to follow God by showing love to His children.

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  12. You are so right – I sponsor a little girl from Compassion – and no matter how things get “tight” here I know she has more needs than I ever will. It has been nearly 3 yrs and I love getting letters from her and know I am making a difference. If anyone reading this is unsure, I say go for it – for a little bit amount of money each month you will make a difference in someones life. Our womens group also supports and do what we can to end human trafficking. We are a small voice BUT we joined in with many small voices so that soon one big voice will be heard and someday our women and children here at home in the US and around the world will be safe.

  13. Reblogged this on stacethestoic's Blog and commented:
    We are all loved for who we are by the creator. No circumstance, no infirmity, no poverty, not anything can separate us from the love of God.
    Jesus reminds us that as we’ve fed, cared for, sheltered even the least of God’s people; we’ve done the same to Christ himself.

    We must love each other. Let’s not ignore the needs of others.

  14. Love you my brother but on this approach I disagree. The people who do not want to give will never be pushed to give regularly by guilt. The people who wish to give will give even when no one is asking. I truly believe that we each will find at least one person today – right in front of our eyes and when we give to that one, God will take our small supply and multiply it to meet many needs.
    Don’t mistake my intention as we believe and give to missions regularly but God operates far beyond our limited financial resources in ways far more effective than money can buy! Be blessed always in His work my friend!

    • I guess then we will agree to disagree. I will never apologize for putting a human face on global suffering. Although I do not often, or even frequently ask for people to give, neither do I shy away from it. The amount that the average American gives can be called nothing less than sin and I will do anything in my power to for their sake and for the sake of the world to steer them away from that sin. Yes God can do anything He wants by any means He chooses but His primary modus operandi is through the church. (PS Paul had no problem guilt tripping the Corinthian church into giving more for the needy in Jerusalem.)

      • No apology necessary you are doing a great work. I just don’t count the average American to be the equivalent of Paul’s Church members. I have been to India and Nepal and my heart breaks for the children we support there. Whatever works for you is fine. Be blessed!

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