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Kids With a Mission

Tony Lane

Lesson 7: Joy is not dependent on circumstances.

Saturday: Shopping With A Purpose

We went for breakfast again at the orphanage. Marcos, a youth pastor in Michoacan, encouraged me to try some of the barbacoa, which had been especially prepared for our breakfast. After I tasted it, he told me that it was barbecued goat. The workers at the orphanage had killed one of the goats to prepare for our group's breakfast. This time there were no negative comments about the food. As our children heard about the sacrifice made on their behalf, they witnessed the gratitude firsthand.

In the afternoon, we went shopping for tennis shoes for the children in the orphanage. The needs here are so great, but this is one need we came prepared to supply. As the children prepared for the mission trip, they had collected backpacks, school supplies, tennis shoes, and ministry tools for the people of Poza Rica. In Mexico, brand name tennis shoes weren't available. The kids didn't care! Elias Hererra, co-director of the orphanage, received his first pair of new shoes in his entire 48 years of life.

Eleven-year-old Angela told me later, "God blessed me by giving me money and time to be able to come, but he put a seed in my heart to sponsor someone [at the orphanage] and send money, new clothes, and shoes."

Lesson 8: You don't have to wear brand names to be happy.

Sunday: Sharing Our Gifts

Had breakfast at the hotel with Elias and Teresa Hererra. Our children and sponsors gave the gifts they'd brought from home. I'd brought a doll that sang Christian songs in Spanish. I decided to give it to Teresa. When I did, she cried tears of joy. Elias told us that Teresa had wanted a doll, but the money was needed for too many other things. God knew the desire of her heart and provided -- through me!

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