Archive for December, 2008

Sweet Little Jesus Boy
They made you be born in a manger
Sweet little Holy child
Didn’t know who you were
Didn’t know you’d come to save us Lord
To take our sins away
Our eyes were blind, we could not see
We didn’t know who you were
 
Long time ago, You were born
Born in a manger, Lord
Sweet little Jesus boy
The world treats you mean, Lord
Treats me mean too
But that’s how things are down here
We don’t know who you are
You have told us how
We are trying
Master you have shown us how
Even when you were dying
Just seems like we can’t do right
Look how we treated you
But please Sir,  forgive us Lord
We didn’t know it was you
 
Sweet little Jesus boy
Born a long time ago
Sweet little Holy child
We didn’t know who you were
Written by:  Robert MacGimsey
Sung by:  Trisha Yearwood

 

Christy and I hope and pray that each and every person will take time this Christmas Season to acknowledge the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and reach out to God with humble and grateful hearts for the Gift that he gave mankind by sending His only Son to teach us about true hope, true mercy, true grace and true love. 

We also pray that each person that calls Jesus Savior will seek Him and His Truth more earnestly on a daily basis and take it upon themselves to share Christ with a lost, hurting and dark world.

Thank you God for your beautiful, sweet little Jesus boy.  We are eternally grateful.  Merry Christmas everyone and we hope that God will bestow many blessings on you in this New Year.

Patrick and Christy

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I have been attempting to complete this post for over a week.  Normally, I don’t have this much trouble publishing a post but I have struggled with this one.  It’s not a case of the “100 year writer’s block” storm reeking havoc on my mental state.  No, it’s because I have been trying to write the “perfect” post.  A post that would touch the hearts of its readers, and move them to action on behalf of the children living in the small, desolute Northeast desert region of Brazil.  An area that has been called the “Heart of Darkness” because of the spiritual oppression that has tormented this area for years.  An area that offers no hope, no mercy, no grace and no love. 

Children here are born facing extraordinary odds.  They will face extreme hunger, extreme living conditions and extreme disease.  They will be lucky to even reach adulthood.  If the malnourishment doesn’t kill them, then it may be the parasites that live in the water, the food and their homes.  One such parasite lives in the mud that holds their homes intact, and can lay its eggs in the ears of the children as they sleep.  If not detected, the eggs will hatch and the larvae will burrow into the brains of the children, killing them after an excruciating sickness.  Maybe it’ll be the water they drink that is infected with deadly bacteria and parasites.  Many times, the families don’t even have the money to afford them matches to be able to boil the water so it will be safe.  And that’s just some of the “natural” causes of death.

If they manage to survive those obstacles, then it may be the abusive parent or parents that do them in.  Many fathers and mothers here are drug addicts and alcoholics that severely beat their children.  Sexual abuse and exploitation of these children is commonplace.  One child was sexually tortured in a way that caused her belly button to burst and her anus to be completely shredded.  Justice and law?  Forget it!  The governments and politicians in this area are corrupt and unmerciful.  The scum that did this to this little girl is still walking the streets and probably will never be brought to justice.  Add this to the “natural” obstacles these children face, and it is literally “hell-on-earth” for them. 

In America, even the “poor” have access to food, clothing and shelter.  Need food, then head on down to the local Food Stamp office.  If eligible (if you’re really “poor”, you’re eligible) a family of six or seven could get hundreds of dollars per month for food.  It would blow your mind to know how this “system” really works.  Need a hot meal, then there are numerous soup kitchens and community resources where you can get a good, hot meal daily.  Need clothing?  Ditto.  There are many churches and organizations in town that will provide clothing for families in need.  Need housing?  There are also several shelters in the community that will provide short-term (a few longer term) housing and there are several housing subsidy programs to choose from.  Medical needs?  Also, free and low-cost medical clinics around town, and no hospital can turn away an individual that needs medical attention (although we know they do).  Can’t afford medical insurance for your children?  Then apply for Family Medicaid or PeachCare (GA’s program).  In the time I was a Food Stamp and Medicaid Eligibility worker, there were very few children not eligible for one or the other.  Regardless of your need, in America there is a service or resource that can assist or provide relief. 

But in Ubauna and the surrounding villages in the Northeast desert region of Brazil, there are no such resources and service providers available.   There are no Child Protective Service offices, no Food Stamp offices, no Family Medicaid offices, no churches or community organizations that provide hot meals, clothing, shelter, utility or medical assistance as needed.  It’s just another day of extremes for these children.

We are so fortunate and blessed here in America.  We have access to resources that most countries would give anything to have.  We live in a country that affords everyone a chance at a better life.  Our poor would be the wealthy in most of these villages that we visit.  I wish I could say, or write the “perfect” thing so that my readers would take a leap of faith and show great compassion on these children by adopting a child through Gospel for Brazil’s “Seeds of Hope” program.  For only $30/month, you can literally change the life of a child living in an extreme environment that we will never know here in the United States of America.  This minimal amount will feed them, clothe them and educate them.  It will show them mercy, grace, love and give them hope.  Please pray for the strength to act on this conviction that God is touching your heart with and just do it.  Trust me, God will provide for and bless those that take this leap of faith. 

Please go to www.gospelforbrazil.org and adopt a child living in Brazil.  Also, go to www.joecarr.wordpress.com and view the video that Joe Carr, President of Gospel for Brazil just put on his site about the Seeds of Hope program.  Don’t want to check out the GFB or Joe’s site, then just send a short note with your first month’s donation of $30 to Joe, telling him that you want to make a difference in one child’s life to:

Gospel for Brazil
803 South College Road
Suite D
Wilmington, NC  28403

Thank you, God bless you and Merry Christmas.  

Patrick and Christy Loyd