God has been so good to us these last two years!

Rick Fleck

You might wonder why I would say that when there has been so much suffering in this world. In fact, you probably have been personally touched by the pandemic and its far-reaching effects.

But our God is above all the scourges that sin has brought to this planet, and we can rest assured that He has wonderful plans for each one of us and that His blessings abound each and every day. Psalm 34:17 says that the Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain.

But my statement has special meaning for ICC and the children that are sheltered within loving homes around the world. I have the privilege of talking with the administrators of ICC Children’s Villages, and they have been telling me those exact words: “God has been so good to us these last two years!”

Joel Carpio in Guatemala went on to say, “It is unbelievable that, in the middle of the economic chaos resulting from this pandemic, the ICC donors and sponsors have been so amazingly faithful and that we have been able to receive our monthly budgets so that our children do not go hungry, do not go without clothing or shoes, and continue to receive a Christian education.”

Yes, things are more difficult, more expensive, more painful. And through it all, we have a God who continues to love us and care for the least of each one of us. Personally, I am amazed at the faithfulness of donors who have a heart for these unfortunate children.

I know that many of you can’t really afford to send monthly donations, and yet in some cases, you have sent more. Also, when some folks are not able to send funds, others rise to the occasion, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

God does not expect everyone to give the same but in the same spirit. I have seen what the Lord can do, and I know He will continue to provide for the homeless and helpless, and I praise Him that we can be part of His wonderful work in their lives.

Even during the most difficult times, when everything seems so hopeless, He is here with each one of us. ICC is facing shortfalls at the same time that we are experiencing high rates of inflation.

But we are teaching these children every day that Jesus loves them and that He will provide for their needs. The beautiful part of this story is that we ­— each one of us, in whatever way we can ­— are privileged to be a part of the work that is accomplished in the lives of these children.

God has been so good to us these last two years! (and always!)