Two definitions for the word victory are, “an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition,” and “success in a struggle against difficulties.”
For the street boys who we love and help, victory for them sometimes means finding some food to eat before they return to their “base” or “kipanda (fruit stand)” at night. And it can mean making it through the night without being harassed by people who are up to no good. Those are their most common every day victories.
For the former street kids in our program, victory is often having the courage to stay in school when they are 18 years old and in eighth grade. And having the patience to stick it out in a shelter or children’s home when they’re not used to having rules to follow.
For the kids we help and for you and me we can all be assured victory as we walk with Jesus and trust Him to help us overcome the obstacles that could hold us back from the abundant life He desires us to have.
2 Corinthians 2:14a says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ,”. That is great news. No matter what struggle we may be facing or “enemy” or “opponent” might be troubling us, we can be assured of victory. How does it work? Well first we need to trust in the free gift of salvation through Christ’s work on the cross. When He did that He defeated every demon, power and principality. And when He is in us and we’re in Him we share in that authority and victory. So as we continue to spend time with Him and trust Him to protect and help us in this life, we can rest in the fact that we have what we need to overcome difficulties in our life.
Watchman Nee writes, “Christ is our life. This is victory! This is holiness. The victorious life, the holy life, are all Christ!” 1 John 5:4–5 states that, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world And this is the victory that has overcome the world‑our faith.” So be encouraged and stand strong in knowing that when you are a child of God, “… you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God,” according to Colossians 3:3, and there’s no safer place to be.
If you are in need of prayer and/or encouragement for a trial you’re facing please feel free to contact us with your request. If you would like to sponsor a former street child or contribute to our ministry you can do so through the “donate” button at the top of this page. God bless you!