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 discovered an unexpected mission in South Korea.
Swanson, an evangelist, had prepared to minister to American troops battling in the Korean War. One morning, he watched city workers clearing what he thought were piles of rags from the streets. On closer look, he saw that it was not trash they were removing, but 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. Today, this nonprofit Christ-centered organization gathers funds from 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.
To date, Swanson’s broken heart has revived the crushed spirits of people in 97 countries and counting.
God hears the cries of the innocent. Yes, His mighty hand can miraculously save them, but He often uses the hands and broken hearts of His people.
If your heart breaks for the neglected and the abandoned, you are not alone. Jesus’ heart breaks for them, too. Let God direct you as you work for Him to give hope to the lost.
Help me to be Your hands, reaching out to those in need. Let others see Your love shining through me. May everything I do bring Your peace to Your children. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.