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You have heard that God does not make mistakes! We do, but God does not. I experienced this last week while in El Salvador. I travelled with Compassion International to El Salvador. My trip was primarily to check on a church partnership that had been started with Compassion in May 2018.

The idea of our project was for all of the children involved in this one church in El Salvador to be sponsored by members of First Baptist Church, Lafayette. Well, due to miscommunication, mistake, or whatever, I chose a child that is not part of this particular church’s project. She lives an hour away from the rest of the kids in that particular program.

But, after meeting the little girl my family sponsors last week, I know this. This is not a mistake. What’s more—I was able to tell her that when I met her. I was able to tell her that God had a special plan for her life. I was able to tell her that I was not supposed to be her sponsor, but that God wanted me to be her sponsor. She smiled.

She said she wants to be a police officer when she grows up. “Why,” I asked. She said she wanted to be able to protect her Mom and Dad. Pray for this little nine year old who saved half of her lunch so that she would have something to eat that night. Pray for this little one who was going home to a house of dirt and tin. Pray for this little one who wants to grow up to protect her family from the violence that is all around her.

And yeah, I’m thanking God today for my “mistake” of picking out a child from the “wrong” stack. And, what’s more, I have called Compassion to sponsor a second child—this time in the “right” church.

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Dr. Steve Horn
Steve Horn serves as the Executive Director for Louisiana Baptists. He was born in Columbia, Louisiana, and grew up in Lafayette. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette from June 2005 through May 2019. Dr. Horn has served in numerous national and state denominational positions including President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 2014-2015 and President of the Executive Board of the LBC in 2010-2011. He is married to Linett and they have two sons, Joshua and Dru.

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