our community here has a high amount of children left to roam and wander. many single parents trying to make it on their own leave the kids left to themselves to wander, play and find all sorts of mischief. right now at the age most of these boys are at it is okay and they're pretty harmless. in a couple more years it might become a real problem.
some of these boys have ended up on our doorstep more times than i can count this past summer. yesterday we took one of these boys with us to the fair and a kids event at the local anglican church. both were small town attempts at doing the best they could with what they have. on the scale of my own, even my kids experiences they were not anything great or grand. all the kids had a really good time though. afterward this little red-haired boy came up to me and say 'thank you, that was the most fun i've had in a very long time'.
10 years old and he had never ridden a pony or had a snow cone or sat in the love of a church trying to reach children for christ.
i wanted to weep. i could even now. the joy on his face was evident. he truly had a really good time. later that day his father called to say thank you. i can't imagine how difficult it would be to want more for your children that you are unable to give them. the need in this community is so great. the lack so profound. god, please open the door so that i am able to use whatever you've given me to bring light and life to this place.