I will not leave you as orphans...I will come to you... John 14:18
In January, I had the opportunity to attend the Created for Care conference in Atlanta with 500 other adoptive/waiting/praising/Jesus-lovin/COOL/fun mama's from around the country. And while this blog will not be about all the Lord showed me there, it does play a part in the story that leads me to where I sit today.
I'm just gonna say it.
The Lord very gently told me that we were done bringing kids home.
He had been working that in me for some time, but that weekend He confirmed it.
In His Word, and through the Holy Spirit.
And I was a mess.
A snotting mess.
For a few days, I grieved. My mama heart wanted to mama more, but I knew I had to be just as obedient in THIS as I was when He said, go....so I sucked it up, dried the tears and asked the Lord what was next. Little did I know :)
About 2 weeks later the opportunity came to lead a mission trip to an orphanage in China.
*ARE YOU KIDDING ME????* *insert shock face*
After prayer and prayer and prayer and digging into the Word, I knew the Lord was saying this was my opportunity. And even though we were done bringing kids home, He had a new plan...and He LOVES ME SO... that I'm not kidding when I felt like He whispered to my heart..."I know your heartbeat for these children, because I gave it to you...(Psalm 37:4)...and I'm not done with it...so here's a little gift..."
*insert sob face*
This is where YOU come in. I need a team.
I need people to come with me to love and hold and pray over and serve the least of these in a very far away place. Nobody is going to clap for you. You won't get recognized and praised for your good work. But you will gain a glimpse into the Lord's heart that I can guarantee you would not have had otherwise. You will experience Him in a way that will blow you away!!!
I need some line jumpers.
People who get to the line of status quo Christianity, and don't just get comfortable there.
People who aren't content to just wade and splash in the shallow waters of what He has for them...but are willing to go take a swim in the deep end.
"They have seen the works of the LORD, And His wonders in the deep."
People willing to jump right over that big white line that hundreds of Christians are sitting behind living boring, mundane lives....and just trust that the big old net of Jesus is going to catch you.
And here's the deal.
Jesus didn't call us to adopt all the orphans. You will never hear me say, "All Christians are supposed to adopt, that's in the Word" like you hear people-who-aren't-in-the-Word say. Because it doesn't say that. What it does say, is that we are to "care" for orphans (James 1:27 and dozens more). How that looks for your family may be totally different for my family....so how is your family obeying that call?
Now what's on your calendar for June 27-July 6th?
Yes, I know it's $4,000. Yes, that may seem like a lot of money. Nope, you won't get much sympathy from the girl who watched the Lord GIVE her family $50,000 to bring two kids home in 3 years.
I know if you're a parent, it's hard to leave your kids for 10 days and go across the ocean. Trust me...any fear you have, I've already experienced....and I'm begging you to just try Him....Psalm 34:8
The Lord FUNDS WHAT HE FAVORS. And He HIGHLY favors orphans. And He HIGHLY favors willing people. And He HIGHLY favors line jumpers. AND HE WILL FUND THIS.
I'd love to talk to you.
I'd love to pray with you.
I know the Lord is speaking to someone right now about this and saying, "trust Me......"
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my cell is 229-449-3184
Let's go love on some babies and be the hands and feet of Jesus together friends!!
"Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few."