Monday, May 19, 2008

Heart-Breaker

Yesterday I briefly shared for 5 or 10 minutes again at the afternoon children's outreach of the Presbyterian church I've been beginning to partner with the last couple of months. They do a such a wonderful job in entertaining and sharing with the kids every week for 2+ hours (they need prayer for wisdom in avoiding burn-out, however).

Yesterday one older child I sat beside for two weeks who sort of seemed to have latched onto me from the first week introduced me to his younger brother, who hasn't come nearly as often.  He had a nasty bruise on his face just under his right eye.

Later I learned from the young woman who heads up the ministry that the bruise is the result of what you may have already have guessed: a father who beats him often.

Evidently these two brothers have a sister who is disabled, which qualifies the family for free governmental financial assistance. Unfortunately, the mother and father only use it to finance their drinking and gambling habits. Breaks your heart. I'd prayerfully like to pay them a visit with the children's worker sometime in the not-too-distant future.

1 comment:

Julie said...

Hey Mark!

Been thinking about you lately and wanted to check in and see how you are doing. Sorry about your beautiful birdie - what a cutie!

Praying too for your neighbors and their parents who need the Lord so very much. Will pray that the children are protected through the drinking spells. Poor kids - heartbreaker indeed.

All is well here in Jasper GA.

Greetings to you and your fellow workers. Keep up the good work and do not grow weary. You are making an impact for our Lord - trust Him and know that seeds are planted and fruit will grow!

Blessings!

Julie Greene
Mountain View Community Church
Jasper GA