There isn’t a lot that is exciting in a missionary’s life, nor is it ordinary. Neither is there a lot that goes on in a potential missionary’s life, especially one that is learning to become one, or at least learn about cross-cultural ministries.
I leave in two days, that’s right just two days. It is a scary notion to think that soon I will be half way across the world leading a team for a month from Europe to Northern Africa and then off to Brazil for six months. It is hard to comprehend. Although it is nice to speak into a vacuum about how scared I am that’s not what I will do.
Through a conversation I was having with my Old Testament professor this last week I came up with an interesting question, “Is Saul in heaven?” I had never thought of that before. I had always seen him as a man who had rejected God and relied on himself, and for that God had rejected him. Is that the case though?
One thing that has been on my heart for a long time is adoption. It probably has been there since my family adopted two little girls. As the youngest one in my family I was worried that they would take away my standing as my mom’s ‘special angel baby boy’. Obviously I was wrong about a few things, for example, my sisters could never be the “boy” out of “special angel baby boy”. This is probably came about because of a fear of not being loved the same.
I can tell you that was not the case, I have been loved a tremendous amount. That I am thankful for, but what if they didn’t?
Well that isn’t really the question most people ask. The question that people all is, “Could I love the adopted child as much as my own?” I’m going to counter this question with one of my own, why do you think that you couldn’t? Especially for the Christian folk out there loving another human being is just what we are called to do everyday. Its a conscious decision that we all must make in order to follow God. Of course this is difficult, but what else can we do? We could choose to not follow God but that shouldn’t be an option in our minds.
I was having a conversation with my friend Sarah the other day and she expressed how hard it is for her to look at someone the same once they say, “I don’t know if I could love them the same.” We should be that convicted for kids! We should be that troubled when others aren’t! The church needs to be convinced of this need and do something about it. I believe the church is the answer to children without parents and to children in the foster care programs around the world. God calls us to do something about orphans.
God calls me and you to do something about orphans.