by Heather Tietz
The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit.
Reverend Everett Swanson found something in South Korea he wasn’t expecting, a broken heart. He flew there as an evangelist, prepared to minister to the American troops battling in the Korean War. Then one morning he watched city workers clearing what he thought were piles of rags from the streets. At a closer look he saw that it was not trash, but children they were removing, children who had frozen in the night. The plight of war orphans sent him home a troubled man.
Swanson’s broken heart for the abandoned children of South Korea led him to start raising money to clothe these orphans through the winter. From there Compassion International was born. This a nonprofit Christ-centered organization today gathers funds from people all over the world and distributes them to needy children in the form of food, clothes, housing, medical care and education, all in Jesus name. Swanson’s broken heart has revived the crushed spirits of people in 97 countries and counting.
God turns an ear to the cries of innocent people. Yes, His mighty hand can miraculously save them, but He often uses the hands and broken hearts of His people.
Want to feel near to your Savior? Follow Jesus’ lead. Let your heart break for someone with a crushed spirit.