Wednesday, July 7, 2010

what keeps me up at night...


"Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption." 
~ J. I. Packer


in case you haven't noticed, my blog posts have been pretty light-hearted lately.  it's not that i haven't had some heavy stuff on my heart...it's just that i haven't had the energy and focus to get it all into writing (besides - everybody loves to see my cute kids and our silly shenanigans, right??)
anyway...let's see if i can pull together a substantial entry tonight...


a few days ago joey and i were cozied up on the couch for a little quality time of re-working our budget (a.k.a. ~ trying to figure out how in the heck we would make ends meet this month).  as i was re-reading the numbers hoping they would somehow miraculously multiply i received a text from my friend, chris (our pastor at new charlotte church).  in the text he told me to check out the latest issue of christianity today and this is why...chris knows what keeps me up at night...


the cover story this month is entitled 'Abba Changes Everything: Why every Christian is called to rescue orphans'.  
...called to rescue orphans...the words wrapped themselves around me and filled me with that familiar energy and warmth as i was reminded of my mission


if you haven't read what russell moore and others have to say about the role of the church in the plight of orphans please take a few minutes to check out this issue.  


as i began reading through the cover story i quickly decided (through tears, of course) to open up a word file where i could paste some of the key statements that really struck me.  i figured i would go back and include one or two of them in a blog entry to give y'all a little taste of some of the amazing work that is being done in the orphan care field.  after filling 2 full pages with quotes i decided that everybody should just read the articles for themselves.  seriously...i would love to hear your thoughts...


those who know me (and even some who don't but have just met me in a grocery store line or an elevator : ) know that my heart has been burdened for the millions of orphans around the world.  sometimes i get discouraged when i don't seem to be making any progress towards actually DOING anything...when doors are shut in my face...when obstacles keep me from carrying out the work i feel called to...when i don't have enough hours in the day to fit it all in...it's hard...
then something as simple as a text from a friend reminds me that i'm not doing this alone.  there IS a movement taking place...and no matter how slow my piece of it may be at the moment we are still moving forward and God has promised that what he started He will complete...


there are a handful of points from the CT article that i would love to have some conversation around but let's start with this...


In saying that orphan care is missional, I do not mean that every Christian is called to adopt or foster a child. But every Christian is called to care for orphans...A church that learns to love beyond the borders of biology will learn to do mission outside the borders of geography.


keeping in mind that orphan ministry does not always involve adoption...how have you felt called to care for orphans?  how about your church?  (doesn't matter if you've actually answered the call yet or not...i just want to hear how you are being called...believe me...your responses will inspire me and others...this is how movements stay moving people!)