Tag Archives: James 1:27

I’m Merely a Vessel

7 Jul

Blog post by Christina D., Team India 2012

Ever since a young age, my heart had an interest in those who are orphaned. As a 12 year old, I apparently had found nothing else more interesting than returning home from school to plop on the couch and watch TLC’s show Adoption Stories.  Something about the reality of seeing children in America and various parts of the world who were never cradled by their birth mother and father was gut wrenching for me, and also the long process for couples to finally meet with their adopted child. My heart was stirred. I wanted to have every single orphaned child from infant to teen in my home. I wanted to scoop them up and hug them, love them and be their new mom….at age12. Hmmm not a realistic dream for a 12 year old, but what I did know from that point, is that one day I wanted to adopt children of my own. As I saw it at the time, why would I be selfish enough to bring more children in the world when there are so many in need of a home and so few who choose to adopt. This is where my heart for the fatherless began.

Throughout the years, God only continued to provoke my heart to compassion for orphan children. I was able to serve one day in high school in an orphanage in Guadalupe, Mexico and it amazed me how loving they were despite their circumstances and how eager they were to be loved in return. Living in the border city of El Paso, Texas during college opened my eyes to the poverty and orphanages just across the border in Juarez, Mexico. This stirred my heart even more.

My view today, at 25, is still the same. I wholeheartedly desire to adopt at least one of my children someday. Till then, it does not by any means, mean that my passionate, God given heart for the orphaned has to refrain from acting now. My love and yearning heart for orphans has burned inside me and while that is great, that is just where it stayed, inside me. Which leads me to my journey to India. I cannot even begin to explain how eager I am to serve the Lord in this way with my team and to finally put actions to my God given desire. I do not want to continue to let time waste away while I yearningly stand back. I want to understand the burdens of this culture and how God is at work there; to know their needs and how we can meet them.

I am filled with satisfaction knowing that it is God’s desire and His compassionate heart and love for the fatherless that fills me. His business of caring for the needy is reflected in scripture in Psalm 10:18, “O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” And my personal favorite James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”  This is the Lord’s passion given to me, His heart! I’m merely a vessel that has been given a great opportunity. I can’t say I know how or what God is going to lead me to do in the future, I hope to always serve the Fatherless in any capacity. Right now I know that this is the next step in uncovering more of His heart as a Father for these children. This is my journey.

Christina resides in Texas and will be serving with Journey117 in July on Team India. 

I Want Them to Hope Again

19 Jun

Blog post by Erin B., Team India 2012

Orphans are something that God placed on my heart about 7 years ago. I woke up from a dream crying. I was seeing a girl about 6 months old standing in a crib with her hands stretched up wanting someone to pick her up. She was inconsolable and desperate. I had the feeling that she had been crying for days and that nobody had picked her up or attended to her. My heart broke for children that are longing for love and have no one that loves or cares for them. I started praying for orphans on that day and have been ever since. My awareness for things pertaining to orphans was raised from that point on whenever I heard them talked about or found verses in the bible about them.

It wasn’t too much after that that I found the bible verse in James 1:27 that says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” The verse helped me confirm that it is definitely God’s heart to care about orphans. About 5 years ago, I was praying on the phone with my friend Sonia from Uruguay. Out of nowhere I just started crying and couldn’t even continue praying for a while. My friend asked if I was okay. I finally managed to choke out that God was really putting it on my heart to pray for India and I proceeded to pray for India for about the next 15 minutes. It seemed sort of weird to be praying for India when I really didn’t know very much about the country or have any specific reason to be praying for the country but it all makes since now considering that I will be going to India with World Orphans on a missions trip. Continue reading