On Sunday, our pastor did a sermon on what God has promised us and what He has not promised us.
He did not promise us health, wealth or perfect relationships.
The pastor pointed out that, in fact, most believers in the world are poor. Most believers in the world are suffering. Most people in the world are suffering and are poor. This is the norm.
America is not the norm. The wealth, the health we have access to, is not a guarantee.
Eighteen year old, Emilda, who resides in a squatter community in the Philippines and who has the mental capacity of a three year old is a runner. She ran in the 2009 Philippine Special Olympics and qualified to be part of the national delegation to the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens. Obviously, her parents can not afford to send her to Greece and while her church and community has been able to support her in local and national competitions, they can't afford the cost of Athens.
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