Stopping for the One


Jesus cared about the one. He often went out of His way to stop for the one--the possessed man in the Gadarene region, the Samaritan woman, the woman with the issue of blood, and many others. He also told a parable about a shepherd who lost one sheep and left the ninety-nine in order to find the one. It’s obvious Jesus cares about the one.

In June 2005 I started a pre-school (Sonshine Learning Center, SLC) and scholarship program in the Philippines for street children. There were fifteen students in that first batch. We lost track of some of those students over the years, two of them passed away, and some of them just fell away from the program.  

But there is one. Mincee was a young lady from that first batch of 5 and 6 year olds who has now graduated from high school and started her college career. She is faithfully serving with the Sonshine Center and she loves Jesus.  

Was it worth it? Would I do it all over again even if it meant she was the only one who made it? No doubt in my mind. If Jesus sent our whole family to the Philippines for 10 years just so we could be a part of this young lady's journey to find Him and pursue His calling on her life, it was worth it.  

The beautiful thing is there are countless others who have made it--maybe not from the first batch of students, but the Sonshine Learning Center has been running for 15 years and 100’s of children and their families have been impacted.  

You are a part of that impact--for the one and for the many. Was it worth it? No doubt!

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go bear fruit, fruit that will last. John 15:16

If you want to give to the Sonshine Learning Center/scholarship program, go here.

Picture taken June 30, 2005 the very first day of class at the Sonshine Learning Center. Mincee was a member of that first batch.
Continuing with excellence, Mincee was an honors student in high school.
The graduate, Mincee completed her studies at the SLC and continued onward in a public elementary school.
Bright future ahead, Mincee is now serving at the Sonshine Center (some of you will note the significance of her wearing the famed the blue shirt), and she has started college.