Helping Hands, Happy Heart©
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Revised by De Dorman from a story entitled “Helping Hands, Happy Hearts” written by Mrs. Robert Surpless
1 John 3:17 “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” Galatians 5:14 “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
It was mid July on this small Caribbean island and that meant that there would be many long, hot days ahead, but beauty could be seen when coconut palms swayed against a bright blue sky when a gentle breeze passed by. Little lazy waves swished along the edge of the beach smoothing out the golden brown sand. Not a lot of people could be seen since it was afternoon and that meant siesta time. Although most everything else was quiet, the voice of two girls could be heard.
“Don’t cry, Lupita, please don’t cry.” older sister Catalina begged. “We need to get back home to help with Pablo. He’s probably awake by now.”
“I’m tired and so thirsty and my back really hurts.” Lupita replied as she gently touched her blistered shoulder.
Catalina saw that her little sister was badly sunburned. Her only dress was hanging on her by thread, leaving her shoulders uncovered . “I know, but maybe someone will help us.” She said hopefully. Orphaned at an early age, eleven year old Catalina had the burden of looking after her little sister and brother, and the only way she knew to get help was to ask the people on her island.
“Let’s go over to this house.” She said as she pointed to a bright green one. Maybe they will have a dress for you.”
The brave sister knocked at the door. A kind looking lady answered.
“Please, do you have a dress for my little sister?” Catalina asked.
The woman looked at the poor child and told them to wait a moment. Soon she returned with a dress in her hand and gave it to Catalina.
“Thank you very much.” Both girls said.
“You can get a drink from the hose at the side of the house if you’re thirsty.” The lady said as she pointed the way, then shutting the door. They now had a dress for Lupita but there was nowhere to change. After walking a while, the orphans decided to stop at one more house for help. Let’s go to this house.” Lupita said as she pointed. “Grandma said that the people who live there are Jesus people. Although the girls didn’t know what Grandma meant by “Jesus People” they decided to try, so they crossed the hot road and made their way to the front door with bare feet burning all the way.
Again Catalina knocked. This time a foreign lady opened the door. The girls were afraid until she greeted them with a smile and told them in their language that she was a missionary.
“What can I do for you?” she asked.
“We’re orphans and we have walked a long way today. We’re hungry.. if you have any clothes that you don’t want, we really could use them.” Catalina said as she pointed to her feet. She knew that many foreigners had enough clothes and food for many families.
“I’m sorry that I don’t have any extra clothes but I can give you something to eat.” The nice lady said with a smile. She soon returned with some bread and bananas. As she handed these to the girls, she saw that Catalina was holding something.
“What is that in your hand?” she asked.
“This is a dress for my sister but we have no place to change.”
“Well, that’s an easy problem to solve.” said their new friend. “Come in and change in here.”
The girls liked this new friend. Something was different about her but they didn’t know what it was.
As Catalina helped Lupita change dresses, the missionary gave the girls some Bible verse card and began to tell them about The Son of God, The Lord Jesus Christ. Suddenly, her baby began to cry and needed attention. As she told the girls “goodbye” she challenged them to memorize the verse and said that they would talk more later.
“We will learn the verse. Adios” Catalina and Lupita chimed. The two girls hurried away.
“They are Jesus People.” Catalina said as they walked home. Lupita nodded her head and smiled as both girls ate a banana.
It made the kind missionary sad to think that the two girls walked in the hot, tropical sun so much and that Lupita had a terrible burn on her back. She prayed for the girls often, asking The Lord to care for them.
After a long time, the kind missionary saw the children again, along with their younger brother, Pablo.
She greeted them with a smile as she waved and said “Hola, niños!” That was all the invitation they needed! The three children ran across the road and each took a big drink of water that awaited them. After their thirst was quenched, they sat down under a shade tree with the missionary lady. This time the baby was fast asleep and she was able to tell them more about God and His great love for them. She told them about a wonderful place called Heaven.
“Teacher,” Catalina interrupted. “I think I can go to Heaven if I’m good and go to church!”
The patient teacher then asked, “Do you think that you are always good?”
“Well..” thought Catalina..”I try to be.”
“Did you ever tell a lie?” asked the missionary lady.
Catalina did not answer.
Pablo then said with a loud voice, “Teacher, she isn’t always good… and neither am I!
On and on the lesson continued as the teacher told the three orphans that God loves them and sent His Only Begotten Son to this world to pay for our sins. She went on to say that it is the precious blood of Jesus, His Son that makes us clean when we ask Him to forgive our sins. The teacher continued explaining about how God knows what is in each of our hearts and that we cannot make our hearts clean by ourselves.
Suddenly Catalina looked up and said, ”Oh, I do have sin in my heart and I need Jesus to wash it!”
The kind missionary nodded and asked the children if they would like to have a heart that is cleaner that the whitest snow flake. They all wanted this and one by one, each child talked with God, confessing that they were a sinner and asking Him to give them a clean heart because they believed that Jesus paid for their sins on the cross. They each asked Jesus to save them and walk with them throughout their lives. They thanked God for His great love and for the kind missionary and said “Amen”.
“Wait right here.” the teacher said. “I have a surprise for you.” The three children eagerly awaited. “What could it be?” they wondered.
Very soon she returned. She had gospel booklets made just for children, and in their language. Plus, there was a little package that she handed to Catalina.
“Boys and girls, as well as many adults who love The Lord, in Canada and in the USA send us special things for children here on this island. There are some things in the package for each of you.” She said as she watched them smile.
“Oh, thank you, maestra!” the children said as they squealed with delight.
After they looked through all their goodies, they knew that they needed to start back to their little shack, but they hesitated.
“Teacher,” began little Pablo, “we’re afraid of the road that we have to walk on the way home.”
“Why are you afraid?” she wanted to know.
Catalina chimed in, “There are very big land crabs walking on the road and they can bite bare feet!”
Sympathetically, she realized their fear and said, “It will be different now, children. Now you have Jesus to help you in everything. You don’t have to fear anymore, just ask Him to help you.
A few weeks later the missionary saw the children and they looked so happy. They had big smiles on their faces as they told her about their walk home. “Everything was ok, and no crab bit our toes!” exclaimed little Lupita.
“We’re learning our Bible verses and reading the books..Oh, and we’re going to Sunday School, too!” Catalina said with a big smile.
All this took place because a lady took the time to be kind. ( Palms 95:8 “Harden not your heart..”)
Invitation to salvation and service
Other suggested verses:
John 3:16; I Corinthians 9:23; I Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 4:32; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 9:3