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Editorial: Action!

By Phil Schmidt
Sept. 23, 2012

Compassion. Education. Transformation.

These three words define the mission of Latin America ChildCare.

The ministry of Jesus here on earth was marked with compassion. More than a feeling or emotion, compassion moves people into action.

Desperate needs can be found throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Children are seemingly locked into a cycle of poverty without a means of escape — poverty that is associated with horrific increases in the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and gang violence and crime.

When Jesus was moved with compassion, He was moved into action. Just as Jesus cared about the makeup of the entire person, His followers today want to see needs met in every area: physical need and development (body); mental development through education (mind); and spiritual development (spirit).

This leads into the second word that describes the mission of LACC. One of the best ways of providing attention to every aspect of need comes through helping to provide a quality education.

With this education, provided alongside a local church, children are developed in body, mind and spirit.

Every week through the ministry of LACC, children are given opportunity to have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ through Bible classes, chapel services, and the attention of teachers who love God and are sensitive to spiritual needs.

All this happens because of the third word — and the most important — that defines the mission of Latin America ChildCare: transformation. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the foundation of life transformation.

Yes, it is important to meet physical needs, and LACC is doing that.

Yes, the development of mental strength is vital, equipping children to dream and plan for a better future. LACC is doing that as well.

But the ultimate goal is to see these children in heaven! All that LACC does is founded upon the goal of giving children every opportunity to experience the saving power of Jesus, to witness a spiritual transformation in their lives as well as the lives of their families.

God is calling people to partner with LACC, helping this vision to become a reality in the lives of children throughout the 21 countries where LACC ministers. These partners are making a difference in the lives of children through compassion, education and transformation.

Phil Schmidt

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