Justice For The Lowest Of The Low

by Chauncey Hutter, Jr - April 9th, 2010. Filed under: Marketplace.

One Sunday morning, a business friend of mine was in town for one of my seminars and decided to come to church with our family. We happened to sit behind The Nelson Family with 3 adopted special needs children in the worship service. Their son (his name is Sam) was full of joy, praising his heavenly Father like only Sam could. His prayers were spoken out loud and his obvious love for God was contagious.

After the church service ended, my friend looked at me and all he could say was “God listens to that little boy … I know the Lord is answering that boy’s prayers.” Then, later on in the parking lot, my friend commented “I wish I could worship at that same level as Sam in my heart.” I looked at Sam getting in his car with his family and smiled and said, “Amen!”

You see, Sam Nelson might be intellectually challenged, but there is no doubt about his love for Jesus and his desire to speak up for other children who are loved by this same Jesus, but who don’t have a family and NEED love … and have many other real “needs” we take for granted.

A couple of weeks ago, we took our Hutter family to a Prayer & Worship Justice event (titled: Open Your Mouth) highlighting injustice on the earth for orphans with intellectual disabilities. The evening was hosted by Eric & Holly Nelson, their 3 adopted children with special needs and their nonprofit organization. The Nelsons started this nonprofit ministry (Special Hope Network) over a year ago to help raise awareness for intellectually challenged orphans across the earth, to minister and love the “lowest of the low” and to actually document the number of orphans with intellectual disabilities worldwide so Christian organizations would actually help. (Right now, most Jesus loving ministries do not even have orphans with intellectual disabilities as a category or a line item in their budget.)

Consequently, the lowest of the low are hidden, invisible to the world … not seen as humans, loved and created in the image of God. If you are interested in helping bring justice to orphans with special needs, check out the Nelsons’ website. http://specialhopenetwork.com/ Oh, and if you think this is just some small number of “out of the way” orphans with intellectual disabilities, the estimates are in the hundreds of millions of children who are being mistreated, unloved and in many cases even left to die.

The Nelsons are a unique family. They live a life of love and compassion most families will never experience in their lifetime. They leave for Zambia at the end of this month. No, not for a 3 or 5 year mission trip … the Nelsons are moving to Africa for life. (Like, not coming back to their home in the U.S.) Eric and Holly Nelson are giving their lives away so orphans with special needs can be cared for, loved and some form of justice will come for those who cannot speak for themselves.

If you want to watch a short video of Eric sharing a piece of their story, I highly recommend taking a few minutes and doing so now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3Q6EsYw4R8

Pass the word about this family. Pray for them. Send them money. Set them up with your connections so their impact for bringing justice on the earth will be swift.

Thanks. (And Sam thank you, too!)

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