Bringing a child that is hurting/grieving into your home is not for everyone. However, I strongly believe you can support orphans on so many different levels.
- give to a fundraiser
- pray DAILY for the children and families involved
- support a child overseas
- give clothing or volunteer at a local shelter
- provide a meal or babysitting for a foster/adoptive mom
- pay a certain fee in a friend’s adoption
- support a ministry or orphanage
- read adoption books so you can have an understanding about how to help your friends who are adopting/fostering.
- throw a shower for a foster/adoptive mom
- buy items that give percentages to orphanages
- cheer your friends on that are going through foster care/adoption
- coordinate a fundraiser for a friend
Be creative and bless the children of God!
I believe that you should use your life experiences (bad or good) to help others. When you can identify with others, it makes all the difference. Well, to make a long story short, God was leading me to help at a local ministry.
Click here to see what this ministry is doing for kids!
Sadly, I didn’t jump at this opportunity because I was not comfortable with why he was leading me to do this. (that is another story for another day) However, I am not a girl that ignores God forever…just for a little bit….or a long bit. So, after saying yes to God we were led down a time of excitement and deep sadness. I can tell you though, it has been amazing!! I have met wonderful people and been able to make good relationships with people who don’t have so many friends. God always wants us to step out of our comfort zone…it is hard …but well worth it! Through this journey we have one family that is now a part of our hearts forever! They don’t live with us but I would do anything for them. We got to see them a few weeks ago and will again next week! I am so blessed that I have these sweethearts in my life!
The Baptist Children’s Home is a great place! They have cottages for boys, girls, and teen moms! I love that they are teaching these kids the skills that they need to be successful when they are on their own. Just last week two of the teen moms went out-of-town for a conference. So, that meant we got to watch both kids. 2 kids under 2!!! So exciting!! This was good for our family! It made us start thinking about how things change when you have little ones around all the time. After they left, my hubby and I had a talk about if we are still are up for 3 little blessings. And his answer brought tears to my eyes. Yes, we are up for it and anything we have to give up to make that happen, we are willing to do . God has called us to care for the orphans…we are excited about the adventure God has for us. In the meantime we will keep watching kids for teens that need a break. I am blessed that God put me in this situation to be a friend to these girls and their babies.
I have never been so excited to read the Bible. You see…I dread reading it because I usually am just filled with questions or just really confused. Until my precious husband was talking about his Bible reading plan. There is a great app for your phone called YouVerson. He was reading the plan called the chronological Bible. So, I tried it….. Where has that been all of my life!! It makes it like a story! I LOVE IT! I can’t put it down.
So, right now I am reading about the Israelites. I couldn’t help to think that chapter after chapter God is telling these people what to do. They just have to obey him. For example in Exodus 14 :
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. 16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. 17 I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.”
I am understanding more and more that being a Christian is being more like on God’s team. For so long I have been believing and waiting for God’s perfect plan for my life to unfold. But now…(sadly years later) I am realizing that God needs us to say yes and take a step. Moses was told what to do but God needed him to act in Faith as a team. Like it says in verse 18…He wants everyone to know that I am the Lord! If you are displaying that He is Lord….you are helping out the team for sure! Moses could have had so many excuses but He lifted the staff and believed that His God was Lord of all!
So, when I was getting on Facebook the other morning I saw something that connected these verses to real life. As we know, there is a huge need for taking care of orphans…..but nothing will happen unless we say yes to God and make the step. God NEEDS us to work with him on His team! Lee Jong-rak is a Korean pastor in South Korea that has said yes to God….He isn’t waiting around for God’s perfect plan.
The story of this man is reaching the world. If you want to read more about his story click here.