Have you noticed how beautiful are the musical sounds that come from the mouths of children? Whether in chorus or with individual little voices, children reach out in song with clarity, purity and sincerity. Their voices reflect the qualities that God has given them to be the best ambassadors of the best in life.
In my many pastoral visits to areas of conflict where CNEWA is privileged to serve, these little ones remind me so forthrightly why CNEWA does what it does — because God loves each and every one of us and wishes us to love one another. And no one teaches us better than children.
Despite the tragedy of war, oppression, poverty and so many forms of injustice in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, the Horn of Africa and India, God’s precious poor children still offer a smile and extend a hand to each of us, to their caregivers and to other little children.
As a donor and a member of the CNEWA family, you have inherited a treasured family album that encompasses many areas of the world and includes thousands and thousands of children who offer us their love. They are our CNEWA children. They are needy, they suffer, they are victims — but we help to bring a little joy and hope to their lives, and put smiles on their faces. In their name, I offer a heartfelt thanks to all of you and invite you to continue with your generosity.
When you think about these little ones who are needy and who suffer, remember their smiles and listen to their beautiful voices lifted up in song.
God bless the children and God bless you!