T-Minus 52 Days to Nepal

As Kadi and I prepare for our trip to Nepal, there are a number of things we’re doing to get ready. In addition to getting shots, shots, and a few more shots, I am beginning the interviews with people connected to Tiny Hands, and we are becoming as familiar as we can with the ins and outs of this incredible organization. This weekend I spent many hours watching movies and documentaries that emphasize the brutality of human trafficking like The Whistleblower,  Born into Brothels, and The Day My God Died. (These are not for the faint of heart and if you have experienced trauma in your own life, these could dig into places you are not prepared to go. Please watch with caution.) I’ve read or am in the process of reading everything justice focused that I can get my hands on, especially as they relate to Nepal, women, and children.

Suffice it to say, my heart was a little tender as I stood to worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ on Sunday morning. And then we sang this … “Power of Your Name” by Lincoln Brewster (with Darlene Zschech), and I was undone. (I confess, this is almost a weekly happening during worship.)

Just take a look at these lyrics:

Surely children weren’t made for the streets
And fathers were not made to leave
Surely this isn’t how it should be
Let Your Kingdom come

Surely nations were not made for war
Or the broken meant to be ignored
Surely this just can’t be what You saw
Let Your Kingdom come
Here in my heart

I will live
To carry Your compassion
To love a world that’s broken
To be Your hands and feet
I will give
With the life that I’ve been given
And go beyond religion
To see the world be changed
By the power of Your name

Surely life wasn’t made to regret
And the lost were not made to forget
Surely faith without action is dead
Let Your Kingdom come
Lord break this heart

Your name
Is a shelter for the hurting
Jesus Your name
Is a refuge for the weak
Only Your name
Can redeem the undeserving
Jesus Your name
Holds everything I need

 

 

I’ve talked about the work Tiny Hands International is doing at 27 border stations as they intercept traffickers who are attempting to transport young girls (average age – 14) across the Nepali border into India.

apekshya_8000I also want you to hear about how Tiny Hands is intercepting the lives of young children who are at the greatest risk of being lost to the streets and are the biggest targets for traffickers, not to mention drug addiction, malnutrition, and unspeakable abuse. Tiny Hands currently operates 15 children’s homes in conjunction with their daughter organizations, Tiny Hands Nepal and Tiny Hands Bangladesh. The hope is to prevent these children from ever having to experience life on the streets, so 13 of the homes are filled with children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or who simply couldn’t be cared for by their guardians, but they have not come from the streets. The other two homes are specifically for children who were on the streets. I imagine their needs are tremendous.

The Tiny Hands homes are intentionally kept to a relatively small number of children (10-12 children) in order to give it a family-like feel. The parents of these homes are chosen for their care and compassion and their ability to love these little ones as their own. I know we’ll be visiting a couple of these homes while we are there and I can hardly wait to meet these parents and their precious children.

What can  you do?

1. PRAY

… for Tiny Hands International. Click this link to hear their most recent needs.

… for the parents of the 15 children’s homes and their children.

… for the team of us who will travel to Nepal in March.

… for me as God directs the writing of this book for Tiny Hands.

… for Kadi as she discerns how to capture the heart and images of Tiny Hands from behind her lens while being extremely sensitive to protecting those whom she will photograph … we would never want to re-exploit/exploit anyone.

2. SHARE and FOLLOW
Will you help us get the word out about Tiny Hands?
Will you follow our journey to Nepal and help us build a huge following for this organization as well as for this trip? We will be trying to blog daily while we are there – if electricity allows!
You can do this in 2 ways
One: SHARE this post and the past 3 Justice-Minded Monday posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and via email.
Two: FOLLOW Tiny Hands and Vicki Tiede Ministries on Facebook (Tiny Hands  Vicki Tiede Ministries) and Twitter (Tiny Hands  Vicki Tiede)

I think we all agree … children were not made for the streets. May our hearts be intercepted such that we are all compelled to carry Christ’s compassion to a world that is broken. May be all be His hands and feet. Let’s BE THE KINGDOM, HELP THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST, and DO MUCH WITH LITTLE.