Train Up A Child….
Many times, while on the mission field I stop and ponder the question are my children really okay with living in Moldova. Do they understand how we were called to serve as a family? Do they get it? Well I have to brag just a little bit on Michael and Mary. Yesterday my questions were reconfirmed and it is truly a blessing that they can see the love of God in their parents and want to share this same love to others.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
During school yesterday Christy received several messages about a need within a group
of mothers she is a part of here in Moldova. Throughout the day there was more discussion about this need between the mothers. Michael asked Christy to tell him more about what was going on or what was all the discussion about. I feel as thou he understood mostly what was said and about the specific need. So, after she explained exactly what was going on and the seriousness of the need he decided to talk with his sister while they ate their lunch. Here comes the part that gets your heart, you see each week Michael & Mary are given an allowance, basically 10 % should be given to church, 20% savings and the balance is personal money. Michael talked with Mary about this need and explained it to her. He told her that if she was good with the idea he thought they had enough money between them to use some savings and personal money to buy this breathing machine needed for this young boy who was sick. He even told her that the mothers could all use the same machine for all the children when they were sick, so they would be helping not just one child but several children. Mary agreed and they decided to talk with Christy after lunch before school started back for the afternoon.
So as school started again they both told Christy they needed to tell her something. They shared their hearts and how they wanted to help these children. They told Christy they felt they had enough money to buy this breathing machine. They then asked could they finish school and go to the pharmacy to buy the breathing machine.
They finished school, walked to the bus station and caught a bus to the pharmacy that sold these machines. Once at the pharmacy there were several machines to choose from, both high and low priced. Together they decided to go the middle road and take the machine priced between the low and high-priced machines. In doing they were about $ 10 short on the price but Christy made up the difference. So from one child’s heart to another this problem was solved.
That was yesterday and today I delivered the breathing machine to the family that is in need of it now. Turns out the mother will be the one who keeps the machine and offers it to others in the group as needed. They thanked us and prayed blessings on our family. As I drove away I began to think about Proverbs 22:6. We should train up our child in the way they should go, meaning we should teach them that knowing and obeying God is the basis for pleasing Him and living victorious in His Grace. At the same time, we should live by example allowing the child to understand sin and their need for a Savior. Loving parents should model a loving God who not only forgives but provides the perfect sacrifice for sin in Jesus Christ. In closing they watch and they listen to you every day, so live Christ like and be the example that they want to be like ultimately leading them to the Lord, the Savior of all men.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3
Children are a reward from God, let’s now forget that. Love them and be the example of Christ for them. Be blessed.