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When my wife and I lived in Honduras, we spent part of our time helping a ministry called Amor y Vida (Love and Life). This ministry acted as an orphanage and hospice because the people who lived there were children who had cancer and had been abandoned by their family.

While we were there a group of youth ministers from the states came down. Before they came we asked them to bring toys for the children. It was like Christmas; the youth ministers came with toy cars, electronic games, and stuffed animals. We told the kids (about 25 of them) that they could pick one gift each. They all walked up together to these gifts and EVERYONE of them – including the teenage boys – took a stuffed animal and left the other toys behind. They just wanted something to hold.

Contributed by: Brian Mavis, Gen. Mgr. SermonCentral. Brian and his wife Julie served for a year in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from 1992-1993.

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