The Eyes of a Child

Monday, January 26th, 2015 and is filed under Uncategorized

munoz_baseball_0You can tell so much about a child’s life by looking into their eyes.  Much of the time when we look in the eyes of so many here we see pain, anger and hopelessness.  One of the best things about serving with Go MAD are those times when we get to see joy and hope restored in a child’s eyes.

This is one of the reasons Go MAD started our Firm Foundation children’s ministry.  We want to give children the hope of a better future.  When a child grows up in extreme poverty and sees so much abuse and exploitation it is hard to hope for anything different for their lives.   Some start out with hope and lose it along the way; many never have it.

We work to give them hope by helping them to understand that they were created for more than what they have been told.  We let them know that the God of the universe created them and He values and loves them.  We help them see a different future through education and hard work.  Above all we show them a different future by loving them.

It is one of the greatest things that our visiting teams can do while they are here.   If you can come down and share your life and your love with them, even just for one week, it can pay huge dividends in their lives.   Taking time to encourage them and share the love of Christ with them is immensely valuable.  Often times we get so caught up in wanting to do big and elaborate programs when really something as simple as taking some time to hug on and talk to a child is what can make the biggest difference in their lives.

I pray that everyone would have the opportunity to see joy and hope restored to a child’s eyes.  Once you do, you will never be the same.

– Chantz

Go MAD!

We Cannot Move On

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 and is filed under Uncategorized

In the 17th verse of the 2nd chapter of James there is a statement made that I believe is essential to the living out of our Christian faith. It says, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” – NIV  The context in which James is making this comment is specifically about reaching out to help those in need. This is a very strong and powerful statement. I believe the same can be said of awareness that does not drive action.  For what good is knowledge of human exploitation if it does not drive us to make a positive change in the world?

Most of us think that human exploitation happens elsewhere, so it doesn’t really affect us. In other words, it doesn’t really involve us. As we pick up facts here and stories there, we assume that a minority of people far away are affected by it and find an apathetic disgust to be our reaction to a problem seemingly not at our front door. Oh we might find it unsettling to think that our shoes, clothes, candy or produce might have been assembled or picked by a child living in slavery, but then we move on.

It is easy to distance ourselves from people like prostitutes when they are characterized as dirty, trashy, drug addicted, disease ridden and at fault for their position. We see them as punch lines in sitcoms and movies.  Such perceptions change drastically when we consider the average prostitute is forced into this life between the ages of 12 and 14. We get angry and shout, “how could anyone do that to a child”, but then we move on.

Human exploitation issues like slavery and trafficking have no borders, no race and no gender. It only has real human beings; real fathers, mothers, sons and daughters just like you and me, suffering at the hands of evil. We should continue to educate ourselves and take decisive actions to end human exploitation. The victims of slavery and human trafficking need us to put our faith into action and to reach out in love, because while we can choose to simply move on, these victims cannot.

For information on how you can make a difference in the life of someone at risk of exploitation visit www.gomadtoday.org/get-involved.

– Chantz

Go MAD!