A big thank you for tangibly giving and tangibly showing hope to children who have special needs and who have been orphaned on the other side of the world! As you can see, your gifts were received! They will be used to further serve and care for children like these. After spending time with them at four care centers in China, we experienced first-hand that not only are these children with special needs, but they are just plain special! Incredibly special!
I spent part of our long flight home looking up every verse I could find in the Bible relating to orphans or the fatherless. What’s clear is that they have a very special place in God’s heart and mind. To serve children who have been orphaned is to get close to God’s heart:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Jam. 1:27 (please notice the final clause also, a clause many of us are not taking seriously)
So, while we’ve done a good thing in sponsoring 7 children who have been orphaned (please pay your sg leader!), and we’ve done a good thing in buying supplies for them, is there opportunity for us to go from good to great? You bet. To live excellently and greatly for the Lord is our call:
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Col. 3:23
“Whether then you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31
As I told you during our last TD meeting, we have some potentially impactful days ahead of us at TD, as we make more of a conscious move towards God’s heart; but it won’t happen without buy-in … and sacrifice.
We’ll get into more later, but begin with thinking through this question during the week. Take it seriously (God does) and work through it:
Why does God have such a strong heart for the orphaned and widowed? What is it about them that drives His heart so?