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Never Too Young: Sarah’s Story

Eight-year-old Sarah Dow went on her first overseas mission trip to Tegucigalpa alongside her mother, two sisters, and two older cousins. As the team delivered food to the dump, played with street children, and delivered water to poverty stricken neighborhoods, SD, as they call her, tagged right along.

It was an eye-opening experience for this young girl, and she was frequently overcome by confusion and brokenness because of what she saw throughout the week.

I couldn’t help but picture myself as I watched SD pilfer through these complicated emotions. At 6 years old I made the same trip Sarah did. I still remember the sadness that ached in my heart as I looked around and saw something so very different from my own home.

One evening at dinner SD skipped up to me and tapped me on the shoulder,

I’ve been saving up my money…and I want to sponsor Bessy!

Bessy is an 8 year old from one of the POI neighborhoods where SD and her team spent time leading a VBS for the children. Their friendship was sparked despite their language barriers and diverse backgrounds. There is no doubt Bessy will remember Sarah’s friendship forever.

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The last evening of SD’s trip, her team was having a time to share about their experiences. The room fell silent for a moment and Sarah stood up in a chair next to her cousin. Tears streamed down her tiny face as she paused to arrange her thoughts.

This week my Mom has been teaching me what it means to be a disciple. I know that I can be one too…

There wasn’t a movement on that rooftop as our team watched in joy as Jesus transformed the willing heart of one of his precious children.

Nowadays you’ll find 8-year-old SD eagerly pursuing her desire to be a disciple, just like her mom taught her. She has decided to make jewelry and sell them to her classmates—but this time she’s saving up money to donate to the children who live in the Tegucigalpa dump.

SD knows without a doubt that God doesn’t need a particular age, maturity, or income to make a difference. He simply needs our hearts. That week Sarah taught her teammates and many others, that no one is too young to change the world—even an 8-year-old.

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Who is blogging?

Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.

 

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POI Needs Your Prayers!

We have recently been notified that Larissa is in stable condition! Her test results will be available Monday; we are praying for good news!

However, we now have four of the POI orphanage boys showing flu-like symptoms. Please pray for Helton, Isaac, Kevin, and Andre. Edgardo, husband to Mary, and father to our boys, is also sick. He has received medication and is doing his best to help the boys recuperate.

We know that satan hates what is going on in this ministry and in this country. So we please ask that you would intercede on behalf of these precious people who are so dear to our hearts.

We have a team of families from Presbyterian Day School arriving this Friday to serve alongside POI in the four neighborhoods, the city dump, homeless shelters, and the government-run orphanages. As they prepare for their upcoming trip please pray for these volunteers that their hearts would not be discouraged but willing.

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The spiritual warfare is overwhelming and incomprehensible for the POI family but we are confident that God will move mountains no matter what.

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From Their Perspective…

A week spent feeding the homeless and playing with orphans in a country where 1 in 3 people suffer from critical hunger is bound to transform the life of anyone, but how does it affect a kid?

Eleven-year-old’s Samuel Kilgore and Jack Billups  went  on the POI family trip this past week. 

My favorite thing was playing soccer with the house home kids, because even though we

Samuel and Wilmur, from the boys orphanage.

Samuel and Marvin, from the boys orphanage.

have the language barrier we can still interact and play with each other. I also enjoyed when we went to see where the boys and girls live.

I do not think that they [the kids in Honduras] were any different than me, because even though they have different skin color and speak a different language we both have the same smile, laughter, and love for candy. Mostly, we both love to play sports and be outside.

I learned to appreciate what I have because God has put me in a family where I am loved and taken taken care of. I am glad that POI is doing that for kids all around Honduras.

-Samuel

Jack with Ruth, the youngest of the girls orphanage.

Taking the house home kids to the water park was my favorite part of the trip because we were really able to interact and play with them.  They were so excited about swimming and the slides. It was fun to be a part of it since they had never been to a water park.

The kids we met in Honduras are appreciative of little things like a piece of candy.  The kids we saw at the city dump were so happy and so thankful to get a meal.  A lot of the kids in the United States are more worried about material things and can be greedy.  But, in a lot of ways we are all the same; we like doing the same things like playing soccer, swimming and I made a lot of good friends.

I learned to put others first and to be thankful for what I have.  I haven’t done anything to deserve what I have and it can all be taken away in a second.  It could just as easily be me searching for food or things to sell from the city dump.

-Jack

If you are or someone you know are interested in going on a POI mission trip, please stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know about upcoming trips and ways to get involved.

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