The de-addiction program in our ministry in India gave 705 hard-core alcohol addicts a chance to become sober and change for the good.
All eight clusters have celebrated their 100th day of their fathers being sober. I had the joy of attending one such celebration. The program involved testimonies of mothers, children, and the fathers themselves.
One such testimony of a father touched my heart deeply. He shared how he used to beat his wife and throw her and his children out of the house almost every night.
After attending the de-addiction program, his perspective toward life changed. He expressed shame and regret for having treated his wife and children badly and exposing them to danger every night.
He learned to look into the eyes of his children with love, and he saw how his children’s countenances visibly changed. He finished his testimony with a very profound thought, saying: “I may not be able to completely bring my children out of poverty, but I know I will be able to shower them with love all my life.”
This gave me a whole new perspective on the tag line of Compassion, “Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.” It is not just the poverty of finances or knowledge, but the poverty of love and care that our children lack most.
God has blessed many of us with families in which giving and receiving love is normal.
For those of us who have children, tucking them in bed and kissing them goodnight is an activity taken for granted. But for the children we work for, it is a luxury. Some may never get to experience it at all.
Our fight is clear: It is against the poverty of love and care for our children. Once we are able to break this bondage through the name of Jesus Christ, everything else falls in place.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. —1 Corinthians 13:8, NIV
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for giving us children as a reward and giving us joy through them. But we also acknowledge our failure to respect them and treat them the way You have intended. Many times we feel powerful in their powerlessness and gloat in it.
Kindly forgive us. Help us honor the institution of family and fill us with Your love to love our children. Let Your love pass on for generations to come, endlessly. In Jesus’ name we ask, amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anita Washington is a Complementary Interventions Administrator in India.
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