post by contributing writer Adrian Mills
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4 NLT
I used to think heaven was just a place. Just a destination that you experience one day. But every now and then God gives me a moment, a picture, a glimpse…
and everything changes.
Tonight we had the privilege of throwing a pizza party at the orphanage at Hope of Life. We had visited just briefly the day before and our hearts would not let us stay away.
The orphanage here is home to over 50 orphans age 2 and older. Many were abandoned at a young age, some without any hope of survival. Through the ministry here they are given a place to stay, meals, medical care and a chance for education.
Yet I can’t help but stop and think about how different their world must be from my own. They have no one to call “mom” or “dad”. They have no earthly possessions besides a few articles that fit under their beds. And while this place has given them so much, they still have so little compared to our standards of family and life. They are orphans.
And so, on this evening, as we arrived at the orphanage it was with a very specific purpose: to bring hope. We played, we laughed, we danced. We gave gifts and held them in our arms. There were games, and painted fingernails, and pizza, and piñatas.
We had come to visit an orphanage, but instead we found a little piece of heaven.
There are millions of orphans and vulnerable children in the world today. While some important steps have been taken to help address this crisis, it is completely overwhelming.
our sweet Diego
The reality is we live in a broken world. Children die every day because they lack access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation. Many suffer daily from poverty and malnutrition. There is hurt, brokenness, oftentimes hopelessness.
But not tonight.
Tonight there was joy. There was hope. There was love. God’s love poured out in us and through us. As I looked around I imagined a place like this. A place without tears, without heartache, Without boys and girls who live without hope.
I imagined heaven.
And tonight I saw it. Maybe just a glimpse, but I saw it. I saw heaven breaking into our midst.
And it was beautiful.
I believe heaven will look a lot like this. It will not matter what language you speak, or how much you posses, or how much you lack. There will be no more tears. No more brokenness.
There will be hope. There will be Jesus, and pizza, and piñatas.
Read more about child sponsorship and how you can provide food, water, and education to children like these.
photos: Suzanne Charette & Kristy Cone