The mob of kids swarmed me as I tried to get myself out of my vehicle. Little bodies were plastered to me the minute I opened the door, and hugs came from every direction. The excitement of my arrival never gets old for these precious kids who have stolen a huge chunk of my heart.
I brought new faces with me, and the kids instantly swarmed them as well, asking them their names. The newcomers did not know quite how to react with all this instant attention, but they quickly warmed up to all the affection.
On this trip, Tim and I brought 5 people with us. One doctor, three men from Idaho and one woman from Washington. To read some neat stories of their experiences, you can check out our Orphan Relief and Rescue blog this week, and read our Jan. newsletter. Just go to www.orphanreliefanrescue.org
With each visit back to Liberia, I am checking on current projects going on. Meeting with Government officials to help them in these efforts to help all orphans in distress in their Country. Checking on our Staff, Orphanage Directors and Children, and planning for the next projects coming up.
Our big focus this year is to get a transition/safe home up and running for the children who are in horrible orphanages that need to be closed down, or are currently displaced with no home after being plopped in a full orphanage.
Sitting next to displaced orphans who were taken from closed down orphanages and put into full ones is getting old. On each of my visits, I zero in on the new kids, the ones who have a hard time looking me in the eye. The ones who do not hardly talk. The ones who start to follow me around the orphanages, as if to say in their silence, please fight for me. Please find me a home. Someone to love and care for me.
They are not wanted by the over capacitated orphanages, and were plopped down with promises by the government they would come back for them and place them somewhere permanent. Months go by and nothing happens. The good directors do not know what to do with them. They already have their hands full. These displaced children are the extras that do not belong there.
As I walked into the social welfare office this last week, they asked “Do you have good news for us yet”. Can you open a transition center yet? I saw their anticipation for my answer, and my answer once again was; “We are still praying and believing for the finances for this to come to pass. God know’s these kids need this and you need this for your country.”
As I leave their office, I once again breath my prayers up to the Lord. “Only you can make this happen. In your timing let it be.”
Over the next few days, Our field director and myself come up with a plan to involve the government with ownership of this project by strongly encouraging them to find a place for us. Work on our behalf. get others involved who could possibly pitch in. Use their influence as a partnership with us.
So in our next meeting, we present it, and it was received well as their desperation has reached an all time high. Now we will see what God will do with all this.
Please pray with us on this matter. We will need around 100,000 dollars to run something like this per year. We need some real God miracles for these precious children.
If God lays it on your heart to give or to fundraise on behalf of these children. WE WOULD LOVE IT!
I look back at all that God has already done for so many, and my faith rises as I contemplate the fact that God loves these children more than we do. They are His, and we just walk forward in obedience to allow Him to do his rescue missions through our availability. I am excited to see what God is going to do with all this.
Through the hustle and bustle of life, most of my day is spent on paying attention to all the exterior things in life that tug at my time. There never seems to be enough hours to do all that life demands of me as a mom, wife, friend, writer, speaker, leader, frequent traveler etc.
Through each day, God is working hard to get my attention. He is asking me to look around me and to never forget that my life is His. All that I am and all that I hope to be in the future is His. My every breath and all my days are in His hands not my own.
He is constantly reminding and encouraging me to nurture my heart. To not neglect the most important thing I will do in life, and that is to nurture my heart in connection with my relationship with Him.
He reminds me of my inadequacies without Him. My success is Him.
The quote by Oswald Chambers comes to mind that says, My public worth is determined by my private time with God.
Through my time with God each morning and evening, God gently pours his love into me, as well as gently convicts me of the things He wants me to address in my life that are holding me back from greater intimacy with Him and possible broken relationship with others. This is a guidance time, listening to my leader and friend.
As I have given God full reign over my heart and life, and am choosing daily to deal with issues that hold me back from greater intimacy with Christ, I have actually found who I am, and what i was meant to do in this world. My life has become very clear and all my inadequacies have begun to fade away. Life is no longer about me, which has become a beautiful thing.
Brennan Manning sums this up in his book Abba’s Child.
The recovery of passion begins with the recovery of my true self as the beloved. If I find Christ I find myself, and if I find my true self, I will find Him. This is the goal and purpose of our lives. John did not believe that Jesus was the most important thing; he believed that Jesus was the only thing. For “the disciple Jesus loved”, anything less was not genuine faith.
Are you ready to find your true self as Christ’s beloved?
As you walk through each day, keep in mind that your public worth is fully determined by your private time with God.
Happy New Year:
Are you ready to leave your battered life behind?
In this new year ahead, it is my hope and prayer that you will be awakened to what you were made to be and what you were meant to do in this world – to live fully alive.
As we have walked through life, each of us have our own stories of hardships and difficulties that have brought us to a level of brokenness we have had to walk through. Some of us have become battered and worn out. Some have become bitter because of what they have had to endure. Others of us have chosen to run to God and allow hardships to bring us to a new level of humility and sensitivity towards others who are going through tough things themselves.
If we have chosen to go down the latter road, then the healing process has awakened us to a whole new level of compassion, allowing us to extend a healing hand to those who we may not have been able to reach before we experienced deep pain. This, my friend, becomes the precious touch of God flowing from our lives.
May you get a glimpse of what it will take for you to leave the dark cellar of a battered life and experience the life which is destined for you.
We only get one shot at life. Let’s not waste our days living for ourselves. Let’s live to the fullest as God intended until we take our last breath.
There is a lot of good out there that we can spend our time on, but there is only one Best and highest for our life and those whom God wants us to touch in front of us.
This year let’s be focused on what is God’s best and not waste our time on what is just merely a lot of good busy work. In the blogs to follow this year, I will be giving you tools on how to determine what God’s best and highest is, and how to walk that out in your own life.
If you haven’t read my book “Inspired to Action”, I would encourage you to get a copy and to read it. It is a great place to start. This book will encourage you to overcome the many fears in life that keep us from living the life God has destined us to live.