Words like …
Gilbert, we believe in you.
Gilbert, you can do better than that.
Gilbert, God loves you.
Gilbert, you have value.
Gilbert, you are precious.
Gilbert, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
These messages helped me to lift my head higher than my weaknesses and inadequacies. They continuously told me of how proud they were of me. Their kindness displayed through their encouraging words helped me to get my attention off my flaws and onto my strengths. Their words changed my hopelessness to the hope that only Christ can give.
I learned that it does not matter what people say or the circumstances going around you; what matters is what is going on in your mind and in your heart. This changed my attitude. I regained my self-esteem.
As of today, I believe that little is enough when given with love. My sponsor’s kindness taught me that even though I might not have enough right here, right now, I could share the little that I have.
I started a ministry called Love Restoration as a motivation to give back. Love Restoration empowers communities to care for deprived children. Our mission is to provide education, nutrition and health care to children in need. We now serve 150 children! My hope is that I am sharing with them the same kindness my sponsors shared with me.
Will you share some kindness today? I would also like to request that you pray for a child in extreme poverty who needs some encouraging words.
Gilbert Mfitundinda holds a degree in information technology from Uganda Christian University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.