That’s what I told the team what it is that we will be doing throughout the week as they work along side our mission. They will be playing a part in God’s redeeming work in the lives of about 15 orphaned children. My goal this week for the kids – Bless their socks off. Pour the love of Jesus into them so much that it just spills out from them. And that is what God has called us to do.
There is something that is so incredibly special about taking the “throw aways”, those that many in society would label as worthless, and pouring the love of Jesus into them so they overflow. There is something incredibly special about taking what some may call the lowest of the low and placing them at the very top. How wonderful it is that the Lord takes us beggars and paupers and turns us into princes and kings. And that is what our ministry to the orphaned children is all about. It’s called redemption. He takes ashes and turns them into beauty. He takes the ugly and makes them beautiful. He takes the sinners and makes them saints. And He takes the orphaned and makes them family.
So, our plan this week is to have a Bible Camp for the kids that are in our program. And a group from Bethel Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama gets to share in this great experience. We have a Bible program each morning at the mission/discipleship house from 9AM – 12PM. Then, we have lunch with them. And after that, we are taking them to a few special places just to show them that they are loved so much by God.
Today, after the Bible program, we took them all to the beach and we had a blast! The kids had so much fun. They were so happy to just be playing in the water and being loved on by so many people all at once. Then, we bought them cokes and played some more. Some played soccer on the beach with a few of the team members, some buried each other in the sand, and others frolicked in the huge waves. But nobody was playing alone. Every child always had one or several of us near them just spending time with them and making an investment in their lives. It was wonderful! On the way home, all the kids were riding in the back of my truck and they started singing some worship songs as we rode through the streets. It was precious. And I just thanked the Lord for the power of redemption that comes through Him.
These kids are starting to get it. They are beginning to see that its much more than just a story and a craft. It’s love. It’s a love that is beyond human nature. It is an amazing love from above. It’s God’s love. And it is being poured out into their hearts over and over again. Our desire is that they will become so saturated with God’s love being poured into them, that it will take deep root in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. I love seeing God’s redemptive work taking place right before my eyes. And today I saw a glimpse of that work. May He alone receive all the praise and glory!
Tomorrow, after Bible program, we are taking them to a private soccer field where we will play soccer, run around, play games, and enjoy the love of Jesus being poured out into all of us once again. Then, the next day after Bible program, we are taking them all out to a nice restaurant, which is something that perhaps none of them have ever experienced. So, please continue to pray as we play a part in God’s redemptive work in the lives of these precious children who, in many ways, are orphaned no more!