Look After the Orphans
James 1:27 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.
God ranks the care of orphans among the highest expressions of our faith.
This was so obvious on our recent two trips to Asia where we saw the impact of Christians caring for orphans. The stories were incredible as our Teach To Transform students began to explain how children as young as four years old were taken in by Christians and introduced to the love of Jesus. One of the students at age four was placed in an orphanage after her father tried to kill her three times. The Christian influence in her life introduced her to Christ, and she now has her own orphanage. She has become the voice of the vulnerable children who have no voice and are the victims of sex trade. One of the leaders of the training grew up in an orphanage where he met his wife, and they now have an orphanage of more than twenty children.
Have you ever caught yourself praying Jesus come quickly the world is becoming darker and darker by the day? The Lord has shown me we need more time because there are so many innocent and loving people around the world who have not heard the name Jesus Christ.
Can you imagine?
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
A recent movie called Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American conscientious objector combat medic. He served during the Battle of Okinawa and refused to kill people, but becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. There is a line in the movie where he asks God to give him the strength to save just one more.
JUST ONE MORE
I often repeat this prayer before our mission trips asking God to give us the strength and courage to save “Just One More” and bring them to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Luke 15:4-6 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
It was never God’s intention for children to be left without a family. We as the body of Christ must seek out these hard areas of darkness and set the captives free.
I once sat at the entrance of a temple where thousands were entering to find hope. I felt overwhelmed and began to pray and ask God how could I reach all those climbing these steps in search of hope that was not there. With my head down and eyes closed, I felt a tap on my shoulder, and a man asked if I was a Christian.
I turned and quickly consider the consequences of my answer. The area was an area of heavy persecution, so did the man see me praying and wanted to confront me or was it an innocent question?
The fact that I even considered the consequences of the answer showed my lack of courage and brokenness. God is taking Teach To Transform into challenging places, so I pray that my answer to such a question would never deny him no matter what the consequence.
I told this man I was a Christian and he began to smile. His response was a relief when he said, “Me too!” He then elaborated by telling me all the work he was doing along the China border and told me I was a blessing to him. I quickly said, “No you are a blessing to me and the quickest answer to a prayer I had ever had before!”
First that he was not there to arrest me and second Christ was showing me how prideful my prayer was trying to ask what could I do to fix the hopelessness of those walking into the temple. Christ has assured me that there is an army of courageous Christians working throughout the world as the body of Christ. Please visit the website of our partner, Hopeful Hearts, who have a ministry vision to care for orphans around the world.
Come join us to empower those fearless Christians and bring just one more to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Just One More for His Glory,