If you’re like me, there are times when life seems to weigh heavy, when the valleys seem more than the peaks, when discouragement seems to eclipse joy. It’s during these times that we can lose focus. Focus of what’s important. Focus of who we are and what we are to be about. Sometimes, like David exemplified in Psalm 77:11, we need to stop and remember – remember who God is, what He has done, and what He has given us to do! This can get us back on track.
Helping orphans. That’s the essence of Kidstown. Reaching out to kids with practical help such as food, clothing, shelter, clean water, and beds. Sponsoring children, writing letters, sending money for Christmas gifts, and pitching in to buy them pigs or chickens…any of this ring a bell? This is the compassionate side of who we are and what we are about!
God made these kids. He loves them, and wants a relationship with them. Each of them has a choice to make: will they engage that relationship or reject it? Our prayers can influence that outcome as we ask God to move on their behalf. We are concerned about the salvation of these kids. This is the evangelistic side of who we are and what we are about!
Life exists outside the walls of the 50 orphanages we support. But its characterized by spiritual darkness due to the many people who are waiting to hear the Good News. Our orphans have heard it, and God now wants to deploy them outside to share the Light-giving message that Jesus saves. This is the missional side of who we are and what we are about!
Compassionate. Evangelistic. Missional. This is what God has called us to be and to do here at Kidstown. Easy to forget sometimes, but critical to remind ourselves of. We want to stay on-track, in-focus, and in-synch with His purposes for us!
Putting it into practice:
1. Been thinking about sponsoring an orphan but keep putting it off? Why not select one today and begin the journey of helping a needy child? (Meet the kids at www.kidstown.org/children)
2. How about scribbling a letter, card, or postcard to your sponsored orphan? No need to write much, just a few lines conveying your love and concern (and perhaps including a family photograph) will go a long ways!
3. Committing to praying for your orphan (or for all the orphans), that God will draw them into relationship with Him and then launch them out as His witnesses will surely bear fruit!
Thanks for taking the time to join me in refocusing. Good to do that from time to time!