Wills Point, Texas – Gospel for Asia (GFA) – Discussing the need for heroes in the life of every child, to turn their story of tragedy into a story of redemption, through GFA-supported Bridge of Hope centers.
Do you remember the first time you heard little orphan Annie belt out, “The Sun will Come Out Tomorrow?” Or watched Aladdin dodge the street-food vendor he stole from in the Disney’s “Aladdin”? How about Oliver Twist demurely asking for more porridge? Our suspense, anticipation and excitement mushroomed as their stories raced along.
These tales capture our imagination and hearts because the protagonists are young, vulnerable kids who face unknown dangers on the streets. They are too young to take care of themselves and too naive to know who’s a friend.
Oliver Twist ends up being used in a ring of child thieves, while Aladdin needs the magic of a Genie to pull him out of the gutters. And Annie? It takes a wealthy, albeit curmudgeonly, benefactor to rescue her from the wicked Miss Hannigan.
Our culture is rife with stories, fables and legends about children in desperate situations. In the stories we grow up hearing, the characters’ lives seem romantic—like Annie cheerily singing, “It’s a hard knock life for me” with a smile on her face. And they always end happily.
These adventures come, in some small way, from the realities of our world. We know there are kids who live in similar situations—but more often than not with very different endings.
Pray for our Bridge of Hope centers, for God’s continued transformative work through each staff member in the life of every child.
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