What Does it Mean to Visit Widows and Orphans?

Yesterday in San Juan, Andrea Patricia Erazo Ávila walked up to Edgardo Rosales, our communications coordinator and said…

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“I want to thank my American brothers because of them we receive a daily meal, pencils, notebooks, classes and much more; because they visit us and take care of us. My American brothers have been very good to us. We love them because they help us. And may God bless them”

I found it interesting that she chose the words, “to visit us,” and “to care for us,” because it sounded so much like this verse in James…

“True religion is this, to visit the widows and orphans in their distress…” James 1:27

David Hamilton, the CEO of POI is always quick to remind mission teams that the word visit in the greek literally means “to look after, care for, provide for…” (Blue Letter Bible)

POI is supported by people who are fulfilling these commands. Everyday I get a flood of emails from people asking how they can sponsor a child, how they can pray for their sponsor child, or how an 8-year-old has saved her money to help her new friend who lives in the deep poverty of Honduras.

Visiting the orphans and widows is so much more than just taking a trip across the border to hand out some food to people you will never see again; it’s opening your heart to some dirty little children who want to lavish you with love.

It means making sacrifices for the sake of others.

It means realizing that you will never clear the world of orphans, but that you have the ability to truly help just one.

Thank you to each and every person who is loving orphans, widows, and the “least of these” through POI. You are each such an encouragement and reminder to see the world outside of ourselves.

“True religion is this, to visit [to look after, care for, provide for] the widows and orphans in their distress…” James 1:27

Thank you…

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Who is Blogging?

meHannah Johnson went on her first on her first mission trip to Honduras six years ago. She now works for the ministry and is passionate about orphan care and the “least of these.”  To read more, click here.

 

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