“While there is time, let’s not just sit down.” -Fred Asare
In 1989, the Village of Hope was established to care for the abandoned and destitute children of Ghana, West Africa. This orphanage is under the oversight of the elders of Vertical Center church of Christ in Tema, Ghana. Before Thanksgiving I received this email from Tommy Drinnen. He serves as a missionary in Ghana.
“The La Palm Royal Beach Hotel is the only 5 Star Hotel in Ghana. It’s a nice place to say the least, right on the beach. Caters to wealthy Europeans, Middle Easterners, and Americans who travel here for business. I have been there a couple of times. It costs about $350 a night to stay there (never have) and about $20 to get a breakfast buffet (did that once on my birthday). Heads of State and even the Queen of England have stayed at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.
Two weeks ago, they had a special event at the Hotel – You could tell because all the big managers were there. They had their finest china and crystal out in the dining room. They had the place decorated and the waiters, waitresses, and workers were dressed in their finest uniforms – vests and ties for the waiters and dresses for the waitresses. The Hotel was opening a new wing and a new attraction. They had planned an event and invited some distinguished dignitaries to be the guests of honor. No expense was spared. It was all you can eat. They had a wonderful band playing music. I was there a little early and heard some people talking about who was coming? Is it someone famous? There was an air that important people were on the way.
And, important people were indeed on the way! The orphan children from the Village of Hope were coming as guests of honor at this 5 star hotel! You see, the hotel was opening their children’s amusement park and they wanted to open it to some very special children. So they invited some royalty – some princes and princesses.
I wish you could have seen it. Children who were naked and living out on the street were now drinking from crystal glasses and eating off of fine china. When they finished one glass of pineapple juice, they could get another, and another. Only one rule – wait your turn- which they did with smiles on their faces – big smiles. All the food they could eat – bowls of ice cream with five scoops. Their little stomachs were popping out!
These children had never seen such a place. They were treated unbelievably by the staff and given a day they will never forget. I’m preaching a sentence from Micah this month that is very appropriate here – WHO IS A GOD LIKE YOU? (Micah 7:18) Who is a God like you that would bring these children from the depths of poverty and use so many people from all over the world to see that these children have as good a home life as they do, as good an education as they do, and as good medical care as they do?
I think this God loves moments like this for several reasons but one of the big ones is that it looks like what has happened to everyone of us. From the outcast to the royal table. From famine to feast – that is what has happened to each one of us. We have gone from the blackest of sins to the King’s house – not just for a short visit, but to live – and live forever!
Thanks to the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, but, most of all, thanks be to God for His indescribable kindness. Who is a God like that?”
Pure religion is to look after orphans and widows (James 1:27; Proverbs 31:8-9). Christian, are you up for the task?
“Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong.” – A. B. Warner
In Africa, four of five children will die before they reach the age of five.