Jesus said, “Feed my lambs…” (John 21:15 NIV) There is no work more important on our planet than to feed, nurture, and disciple children. Wes Stafford, author of the book Too Small to Ignore asserts, and we agree, that “Just know this: What you will do among children is as close to the heart of God and central to his kingdom as anything we could mention.”
The mission of Americas Children is to provide the poorest children in Mexico and the Americas with their essential needs of nutrition and spiritual discipleship, without which they will not achieve their potential. We are also advocates, speaking out and providing a voice and presence where children are hungry and deeply in need of God’s love.
Our reverse mission is to mobilize the church and volunteers within to take hold of the opportunity to meet their impoverished brothers and sisters and, through this contact, become more conscious of their suffering, and become more passionate about the Kingdom opportunity to reach these children. One of Americas Children’s early founders, Paul Weiss, says, “We will never fill the empty bellies of poor, hungry children until we warm the cold hearts of the rich, those who control and distribute the world’s resources.”
In our roles of advocates, we focus on transforming the conditions that create the poverty so many of these children find themselves in. In addition to expanding our nutritional help, we also seek to disciple the children, reach their families by meeting felt needs, and sharing the love of Christ through His Gospel to them.
Our dream, our vision, is to ensure that children have enough to eat, attend school and live safely, and grow up to love God. Before this can happen, large numbers of their conscious, caring, brothers and sisters must first bring the Kingdom of God to them and feed Jesus’ lambs both physically and spiritually, as these children are our future.