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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Lenten Mercy-Meditation: Close to the Broken-hearted





It's easy to become discouraged these days with all the bad news. But the link below to a video about the work of Clowns Without Borders might help to restore a sense of confidence and hope. 

Here's the mission statement for Clowns Without Borders:  CWB is a non-profit organization which offers laughter to relieve the sufferings of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and other situations of adversity. We help people to forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives...we seek to heighten our society's awareness of effected populations and to promote a spirit of solidarity. Our motto is: No Child Without A Smile.


Tortell Poltrona  founded Clowns Without Borders in 1993. A professional clown from Barcelona, Spain, some school children approached asking for him to visit a refugee camp in Croatia where there were children with whom these Spanish friends had been corresponding.  The Croatian children said the thing they missed the most in their situation was laughter.  So Tortell drove with some of his own clown friends to Croatia not knowing what to expect. Hundreds of children and their families greeted them and the show went on. At the end the children asked, "When will you return?"

These laughter missionaries have performed for children in Mexico, Turkey, Kenya, Greece, Colombia, Nepal, Texas and California. This month they have shows in El Salvador. They've performed at a children's home in San Antonio ~ over 200 young people, infants to age 18, trying to beat death in Guatemala and Honduras and who have crossed the U.S. border.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and, those who are crushed in spirit, he saves. Psalm 34: 18-20

The video below lasts about 16 minutes. Get a cup of tea, give yourself a Sunday rest, and ponder the mercy-kindness of the young people who clown around to help children forget if even for an hour or so.


8 comments:

  1. I never heard of this humanitarian group. What a wonderful way for people to use their craft to bring joy to those in nee of a little happiness. We should all try to spread some of this joy around. It put a smile on my face this morning to see that these people volunteer to go to these places to give hope.

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  2. Bringing happiness, one smile at a time. The most beautiful thing I'll see all day. Thank you.

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  3. With so much povertt, despair, prejudice and indifference in the world, this shows us how kindness and selflessness can bring hope where there is none. Restoring my faith in humanity.

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  4. To see the smiles on these children's faces was heart warming. Your mercy posts for Lent have been such an education and a motivation. I will surely find some way to contribute some extra act of kindness to someone or some group in need. There is plenty of despair to go around. I want to put a smile on a downtrodden face.

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  5. Thanks for this Father. A great look at these humanitarian clowns. Many blessings to these people.

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  6. What a joy this post is! Its really something to see the smiles and sheer joy on the faces of these troubled and unhappy children. God Bless these men and women. A good search and find Father.

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  7. Discouragement is part of life, but we don't know the plights of these people. They are more than discouraged. I have a family and friends who love me, a job, a roof over my head, and food on my table. No matter what discouragements come my way, I cannot see complaining as long as I don't have to give up these things. These clowns get that. They are trying to make things better even for a short while. May God bless them in their continuing mission to spread smiles across the globe.

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  8. Nicely said. And how encouraged I am by these young people in their generosity, courage and sense of solidarity.

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