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I Took One Step, God Multiplied it to 9,000 Miles

13 Jul

Blog post by Sarah O., Team India 2012

Sometimes I feel like I don’t really have a Story. Like, with a capital “S”. I just have a story, with a little “s”. I’ve had no great adversity, no real struggle, no dramatic motivating factors. I was never really outgoing, never really smartest or fastest or best at anything in particular. I was just a quiet child, younger of two, with an ordinary upbringing and four loving parents (divorce can sometimes be a blessing). When I was about twelve, I decided that was all there was to me: just sort of an indoor girl who didn’t like confrontation. It wasn’t until I was maybe around 17 that I finally decided that if I was going to sit around and wait for an external factor to make my life meaningful, I was going to be waiting forever. My life is what it is, and I have plenty to be grateful and proud of. How many punch lines my story had was ultimately irrelevant—it wasn’t about what I brought to the table, but what God was going to do with it.

Everything I have in my heart for orphans comes from God. I’ve never been truly abandoned, never been truly hungry, never been truly alone, and I cannot fathom what that must feel like. My life has been blessed. I don’t see any possible way for me to ever be content with what I have when I know someone somewhere has appallingly less and I can do something about it. My desire is to bring some good into the world, to put more in than I take out of it. How can anyone not want to pick up another human being who’s fallen down?

Every human being deserves a normal childhood where they don’t have a care in the world, and I want to be a part of an organization like World Orphans that helps to alleviate some of their hardships, provide for them their basic needs, and let them have back a few precious moments of carefree childhood. Children are the future. Maybe there is literally nothing that can ever be done to change the hearts of the greedy, the perverse, the corrupted, the selfish, the angry, the brutal, the ignorant. But what we can do – what everyone can do – is help to raise a new generation that cares, sympathizes, helps, heals, creates, and selflessly loves.

Why the orphan? Because someday the orphan will be the adult. Someday the orphan will be building the future. Someday, every child that is taken care of now will hopefully in turn take care of another. Every child has the ability to put some good into the world, if they are given the chance to reach their future.

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I Knew I had to do Something

18 Jun

Blog post by Caroline M., Team Ethiopia 2012

Over time God has made it clear to me that I need to do something with my desire for children. I knew he called me to care for children but I didn’t know that he was going to lead me towards orphans. I never thought of orphans or missions until Pastor Mike talked to me at our meeting for my baptism. One of the first things he asked me was if I enjoyed children. I lit up. “Of course, I love children.” Then he asked me if I have ever considered missions. I didn’t understand the relationship between the two nor did I think I would go on a mission trip. I thought, “Oh, that would be nice but it probably will never happen in my life.”

Growing up I never knew a lot about missions. It wasn’t until recently that I began to understand what it was. Even then, I didn’t think I had what it takes to do it. I always pictured people who were very put together doing this sort of thing. To me, it was the super spiritual people that spoke in church that went on mission trips. You know the people that get up to speak and inspire everyone to shout hallelujah. I am definitely not that person.

The next time that the subject of orphans came up was at Orphan Sunday.  Being at that service really opened my eyes and changed my heart.  After that I knew that I had to do something. This trip is the next step for me to further my relationship with Christ. He is going to use this trip to grip my heart and draw me even closer to him. Closer than I have ever been in my entire life. I am excited for this life changing opportunity. My prayer is that I may be a model of a woman who loves the Lord and that God will use me to minister to these beautiful children. I want to show them hope in Christ.

Caroline resides in Pennsylvania and will be serving with Journey117 in July on the Ethiopia team.