Like most people I like things orderly…at least by my own definition J I’m aware it is more about the illusion of control, but I keep telling myself that I prefer things done (or arranged) in a certain way and in my time frame. I’m pretty sure the our kids don’t clean their rooms just to get a rise out of Dad! Jodi and the rest of the family humor me by keeping these tidy but it all points to my own frailty! God is forbearing and graciously allows me to see that order is defined by Providence (Proverbs 16:9, Psalm 37:23). He is in control and despite my misgivings He so orders things in such a way so that He gets the glory.
You might remember (or not) that a few months ago I mentioned how grateful I was to work in an organization likeACTION, a mission where one of our primary ministries is with Children at Risk. The thing about working with OVC’s (Orphans & Vulnerable Children) is that there isn’t anything orderly about it, in fact most of the time it is fairly chaotic and downright messy. Despite this reality, Scripture seems quite clear what we are called to do as followers of Christ…even if it means getting messy ourselves! It is no coincidence that James 1:27 speaks of ‘true religion’ as visiting orphans and widows in their distress. The word translated ‘visiting’ is the same root word used in Luke 1:68 to describe how God has visited AND redeemed His people…in Luke 7:16 as a description of the Incarnation…in Matthew 25:36 it is used of true believers who visit those in prison…there is a clear picture that emerges which mirrors the reflection of Jesus in the Gospel. God intervened in the midst of my very messy depravity by putting a seed of faith in my heart, sending Jesus to earth to die and making provision through the supernatural indwelling of the Holy Spirit – a Trinitarian visitation to be sure! We love ‘messy’ because the Gospel compels us to love those who are in the most difficult places. It is not easy work, but we count it a privilege (Hebrews 13:12-13).
We believe that this type of ministry is fundamental to God’s plan, and as followers of Christ, we must actively engage with Gospel centered care for those in need. We’ve tried to live this conviction out in Cambodia by investing time, energy and resources in strategic ways through ministries like Mordecai’s Courage, Asian Hopeand Kurmul School But the work is not limited to Cambodia, ACTION has like-minded ministries spread out around the globe which are built on the Gospel and work in and through the local church. We have Street Kids ministry in The Philippines, feeding programs in the slums of Bogota, an orphanage for children with special needs in Mexico, camping for underprivileged children in Zambia, a Children’s Home for war orphans in Uganda,transition homes for former drug addicts in Brazil…..all of these things AND more despite being in some of the messiest places you can imagine! Would you pray that God give us the courage to be faithful to what He has placed before us and to grow our vision and capacity to reach many more?
Your faithful prayers and support have allowed us invest not only our time and energy but significant funding as well, thank you! We certainly covet your prayers in the days ahead not only for the ministry but also for a new season in our family as well….Mikaela will graduate from high school in a few short months! We are so excited for her and all that God has planned. We appreciate you standing with us these many years, you are a blessing.
In His Bonds,
PS – It was great to have Bob and Holly Warnock out with us…they blessed our entire team (pic attached)!
“ Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 24-25