DECEMBER 18, 2003
Only moments ago I finished watching Winged Migration, a movie of beauty and survival against great odds. Filmed over a four-year period, it places the viewer at bird's eye level for migratory flights throughout the world: flights no barriers can stop; singularly focused flights for life. Using the sun, stars, and landmarks, twice a year young birds follow their elders on the trek required for continued existence.
Similarly, children of REACH, some of the most isolated children in our society, have come to depend on the landmarks of REACH - the promise of constant friendships; the annual Northwest REACH camp; mentors that bind relationships throughout the year; education; and the knowledge that they receive constant prayer. We pray that these reliable landmarks direct them to hope in Christ.
Martin and Kristi French are parents of an adopted child from Romania infected with HIV. As they deal with the painful struggle of the disease, its discomfort and incurableness, Martin states, "What REACH is doing is standing in the gap, they're filling our needs. and they approach it as I think Christ would, offering guidance and hope."
How beautiful is the human child. How privileged we at REACH are to provide landmarks and hope for a child's life-journey, difficult though it is. How beautiful are the permanent directional markers God has given those of us who serve, to keep us on our path - a star to remind us of our Lord's birth and shared humanity, a cross to remind us that, by entering our suffering, God provides new life.
On behalf of the family of REACH and our fight for survival, I humbly approach you, making a plea for your year-end financial support. We are grateful for those who have regularly supported us and for those who will join the ministry during this holiday season. It is our own 'winged migration' to follow Christ in this world on behalf of suffering children. Our hope is to be found faithful and strong as we go.
Susan K. Slonaker