Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of Those Calls

   Every once in awhile you get "one of those calls"- Compassion lets you know that your child has left the program for one reason or another. I am expecting in a few months the final letter from our first sponsored child, Linda, as she graduates out of the program. That one will be a hard one as she is the one that started our adventure with Compassion. However we recently got a call that I never saw coming. Compassion called to let me know that Jeyelly had left the program and was now living with her boyfriend. I was literally floored. She was our second sponsored child that we literally had handpicked. We were on a Sponsor Tour on the day the the children were being photographed for their child packets. I picked her on the spot and we became her sponsors. We visited her three additional times and hosted her Quinceanera. We prayed and encouraged her. I know her family life was not the best as her parents did not live together. She was not encouraged to go to school ( she missed an entire year) and I know her mother was not as grounded in her faith as we had hoped. We offered what we could through the sponsorship and letters. I must admit that I was really not surprised but was shaken never the less. I mentioned it on Facebook and had lots of encouraging posts and comments. 

    The thing is you wonder if you really made a difference. I can only pray that she knows God, her family, and of course ourselves really do love her. We will stand by her no matter what. I would have loved to see here continue in the project and go to the University. However I know that God has a plan for her and always has had one. We were part of that initial plan and perhaps the seed planted will grow and thrive in her. We will write our final letter and encourage her not to stray too far from the path. We will probably cross paths again in a few years as we plan to return to Honduras to host her half sister's Quinceanera. I know Compassion's program works so I rest assured that no matter what God is still working in her life. It is hard to get a call like that but then again how often do our own children sometimes disappoint us with their choices or decisions? It really is no different. You just need to trust in God. Blessings <><

4 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD?

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To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge the authority and power of the Lord, and follow in obedience by meeting the terms of pardon.

The apostle Peter did not tell those on the Day of Pentecost to say the "sinner's prayer." Saying the "sinner's prayer" is not calling on the name of the Lord.

Peter preached the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Peter declared the Jesus was Lord and Christ. (Acts 2: 22-26) They obviously believed Peter's preaching because they asked the question(Acts 2:37 ....."Brethren what shall we do?")
Peter did not tell them to say the "sinner's prayer." What was Peter's response to their question? (Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)


THE NARRATIVE OF CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
1. FAITH: Believe in the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
2. CONFESSION: Acknowledge Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God.
3. REPENTANCE: Make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.
4. WATER BAPTISM: Be immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.


HOW DID THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD? (Acts 8:25-40


1. Philip preached Jesus to him. (Acts 8:35)
2. He confessed Jesus as The Christ the Son of God. (Acts 8:37)
3. He was baptized in water. Immersed by Philip. (Acts 8:38-39)
The Ethiopian eunuch did not say the sinner's pray nor was he asked to do so by Philip.


Romans 10:13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."


Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.


To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge His power and authority and confess Him as Lord and Christ . (Acts 2:26,Acts 8:37, Romans 10:9-10) To call on the Name of the Lord is to repent and be baptized. (Acts 2:38)


WE ARE TOLD TO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD TO BE SAVED.


We are never told we are saved by "faith only." We are never told that saying the "sinner's prayer" is calling on the name of the Lord.


IF SAYING THE "SINNER'S PRAYER" IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION? THEN WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION.


THE REQUIREMENTS!
1. Faith: John 3:16
2. Belief and baptism: Mark 16:16
3. Confession and belief: Romans 10:9-10
4. Born of water and Spirit: John 3:5
5. Grace and faith: Ephesians 2:8
6. Buried through baptism: Roman 6:4-5
7. Water baptism: 1 Peter 3:20-21
8. Baptism: Acts 22:16
9. Baptized into Christ: Galatians 3:27
10. Believe: Acts 16:30-31
11. Repentance and baptism: Acts 2:38
12. God's mercy, water baptism, and the Holy Spirit: Titus 3:5
13. Water baptism: Colossians 2:12-13
14. Repentance: Acts 3:19


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Vicki Small said...

Chuck, I feel for you. I really do. That call had to be a blow to the heart. But as I have to remind myself, when I think of our former sponsored children, God never loses sight of them, and He continues guiding those who trust Him, and drawing those who stray off the path, ever closer to Himself.

Jeyelle will never, ever forget you guys, how you love her and all that you did for her. She will never be able to rationalize that away. The bond is there, and the memories you share may yet help to draw her back onto the right path, one day, and if nothing else, you might yet see her in heaven. Blessings.

Vicki

I sponsored a young woman for the last two or three years she was in the program. She graduated a year earlier than expected, and I learned about it a month after she had departed and left the area. And she had never received Jesus Christ and put her trust in Him. It took me some time to leave her in God's hands.

Chuck Guth said...

I am at peace about it but it is hard to understand. I know He is in control.

Hannah H. said...

We've had a few sponsored girls leave to move in with boyfriends. It's a hard thing to hear!! Especially knowing their potential. I just have to keep reminding myself that God loves them more than I do and that I can still lift them up in prayer.