One day at the Warming Shelter, one of the homeless youth gave me a small, wooden statue of an animal as a gift. I still don't know exactly what it is. Maybe when you see it you can help me. It was most likely stolen from a store or from somebody else because I know he didn't have any money. But he gave it to me with a big smile and said, "Father, here's a present for you!" I thanked him very much for it and said I will always keep it. And I have.
I keep the statue on a table and every time I see it I think of him and say a prayer for him. I have lost contact with him and worry about his health and his safety. But he's getting lots of prayers from me.
We all need reminders or souvenirs of people in our lives. They make us feel happy and prompt us to pray for them--whether out of love or out of concern. I hope that these weekly blogs and YouTube videos are more than just entertainment for you, but that they will be souvenirs--"reminders" to pray for the boys and girls at the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children.
I hope, too, that you have your own collection of personal souvenirs from The St. Nicholas Project or from Kurn Hattin that you keep as a reminder of your patronage and support for the kids. As a donor, you have made an impact on a child's life. Keep your souvenirs someplace where you'll be sure to see them. Remember to pray for the kids and the staff at Kurn Hattin.
When God brings somebody into our life, it's never an accident. It is always a relationship which we enhance by our prayers even if we won't see him or her again. Thank you for donating to the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children and remembering the boys and girls there. God bless you!