I Choose ALL 3!

When we started Crossroads Compassion Project we knew that getting this organization up and running would not be easy. And we were right. For many months now we have been bogged down with planning, paperwork, red tape and bureaucracy. At this point we are waiting for the IRS to make a decision about our 501(c)3 status. But when God told us (all of us) to “Care for widows and orphans” (James 1:27), He didn’t mention the IRS. He didn’t tell us to start taking care of these girls AFTER we get our tax exempt status. He just said to do it.

Today I received an email from Moldova. I have been corresponding with an orphanage director for several months now about how to help some girls that will be leaving the orphanage. Over the last several weeks, due to our limited resources, I have asked her to choose a girl that we can help when the time comes. Today I realized the time has come. Today, the director gave me the names of not 1, but 3 girls who desperately need help. In just 2 weeks these girls will have to leave the orphanage. They are 16 years old.

WHAT must be going through their minds right now? I cannot imagine the fear and anxiety that must be eating away at them. The place they have called home for years is now being taken away from them. The little bit of security and stability that they have had in their lives will soon be gone. Their lives are changing forever. They have to be wondering….Where will I go? What will I do? I don’t know how they can sleep at night.

The message from the director mentioned 3 names….Maria, Alina and Mihaela. I have known these girls for several years. I have watched them grow up in the orphanage. Then the director’s message said “Tony…you choose which one”. My heart just sank. I sat there at my desk at work today and thought “Are you kidding me? I have to choose one girl that we will help?” Or I guess you might say, I have to choose which 2 girls we CAN’T help. Then I realized how UNFAIR it was of me to put that burden on the director who has poured her life into these girls.

So I have spent the entire afternoon and evening making my decision. I CHOOSE ALL THREE! I don’t know how we will do this. The fact is….we WON’T be able to do this. GOD IS GOING TO HAVE TO DO THIS! But I cannot pillow my head tonight without knowing I have done everything possible to help these 3 girls.

I’m asking you to help us. Would you please consider partnering with us to help these girls? We have just 2 weeks to come up with a solution for them. If you can help us financially please contact us as soon as possible. If you can’t help financially, would you please pray for the girls? Please pray for the director as well. I know this is a particularly difficult time for her to have to send these girls away.

Tony Mullen

Think About It

Think about it!

Last month when I was in Moldova for the Face of a Child Project package distribution, I had the privilege of being there with part of my family.  My wife and my father both made the trip to Moldova with me for the second time each.  It was really good for all of us to be reminded why we are doing what we do in Moldova.

When we went to visit the orphanage at Leova, of course, the kids were all waiting for us.  They had been looking forward to receiving the packages prepared for them by the sponsors and staff of Little Samaritan Mission.  But it was not all about the packages.  That day, we were greeted with song and dance by some of the kids when we arrived.  We really enjoyed the performance, but something that was said by one of the girls really struck a nerve with us.  I have “heard” these words in my mind, over and over again, many times each day since then.  She welcomed us to the school and then she turned to the other kids and said “Today our family has come to visit us”.  I was very humbled and deeply moved by that statement.

Think about it….what if you were in their situation?  Have you ever thought about what it must be like to be one of those kids?  They cannot help it that they are in the orphanage.  They cannot help it that one or both of their parents are dead, alcoholic, or abusive.  It’s not their fault that they were abandoned or kicked out of their house.  They did not choose to have their father get sick and confined to a bed leaving a mother of 4 to try to provide for the family.  Can you imagine being those parents and having to send your 4 kids to the orphanage so they have a place to eat and sleep and go to school?  Can you imagine the only “Family” you know is a group of strangers that come to visit for a couple hours once a year?  I don’t know about you, but I struggle with these thoughts and ways to fix it.

James 1:27 tells us “….care for widows and orphans in their distress and refuse to let the world corrupt you”.  That’s the good news!  I don’t have to “Fix it”.  God tells us to care for and minister to them right where they are.  God knows and loves these kids and He knows their situation.  God may choose to use us to help make a difference in the lives of some of these kids.  We just have to be willing to meet these kids where they are.  We just have to show them the love of Jesus and tell them about Him.  We need to keep our hearts and motives pure and He will bless what we are doing.  Please pray for Crossroads Compassion Project as we look for practical ways to show the love of Jesus to these young people.

Last of all….Think about YOUR family.  Have you told them lately that you love them?  Have you thanked God for them lately?  God has blessed us tremendously and I think all too often we take that for granted.  As I learn more and more about these kids and their situations, I realize how blessed I am.  I also realize how much work there is to be done.  “Will you please help us?”

Will You Help Us?

“Will you help us?”  I don’t think I’ve ever had four words cut to my heart quite the way those words did!  I was sitting there with Tony, the president of CCP, and several young ladies who were about to age out of the orphanage where they lived at the end of the school year.  You could see the fear through the tears in their eyes.  I don’t really know what hurt worse, seeing the tears, hearing the fear in their voice, or feeling like I had no hope to offer them.  I mean, they had hope…earlier that night they had passed from death to life through a relationship with Jesus, but still, I couldn’t look them in the eye and say, “You’ll be alright. Nobody will be able to hurt you now.”  It just wasn’t true.  I knew that there were plenty of organizations to help them when they eventually were trafficked, but there simply were no groups, at least to my knowledge, that were actively trying to keep them from being trafficked in the first place.  I felt so useless.  You see, according to many organizations, Moldova has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the world.  The girls that grow up in orphanages and then age out are trafficked (usually forced into a life of prostitution) at an alarming rate.  Without getting into too much detail, let’s just say it is a large majority.  For the young men, it is not much better.  They, in similar percentages, end up in organized crime.  I came home from that trip with a broken heart.  I wanted to do something, but didn’t know exactly what.  I knew that if there was to be any real work done, a new ministry would have to be started.  Then, about a month later, Tony calls.  ”Hey man, I’ve been thinking a lot about what those girls said, and I have to do something.”  A huge smile came across my face, and I knew that this would be the answer.  Before long, Tony, Jonathan and I were sitting at a table working on the paperwork to begin Crossroads Compassion Project.  I don’t know where God will take this ministry, but I know that it is an answer to prayer, and that I now have the answer; “Yes we WILL help you!”