Do You Love Me?

Jimmy told the story about the first girl who caught his eye. He was seven years old, in 2nd grade, and her name was Sherri. She was the cutest girl he had ever seen with little pigtails, a beautiful dress with a big teddy bear on it, and the prettiest smile, even with a middle…

Empty Little Tummies

As the morning progresses towards the afternoon, a little elementary school boy begins to get anxious. A time that is normally filled with laughter and a needed break has now become quite stressful. It’s lunchtime. For this little guy, even though his family qualified for reduced lunch costs, even the small cost every day adds…

Lost and Alone

I was about 5 years old when it happened. My family went out to California for the Yosemite Bible Camp. I had told my Mom I was going to the restroom near our campsite, which I had already done alone a few times during the week. It was one of those bathrooms where you could…

Wet Cement

Dr. Haim Ginott once said, “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” Ginott couldn’t have been more right. Children are incredibly impressionable. They watch our words, our actions, and our examples. We’ve all heard the phrase, “like father, like son,” or “like mother, like daughter.” Children are often shaped and…

Growing Up In Darkness

In Maputo, Mozambique, there are many unfortunately children who call the streets their home. Having been abandoned by their families, they don’t look to live in the nicer parts, but are forced to grow up, seek shelter, and hide in the dark, wet, and perilous parts of the city. You will find these poor children…