Tag Archives: Love

We’re All Orphans

3 Jul

Blog post by Bethel W., Team India 2012

Why this trip? Why orphans? Jesus. And I don’t mean just because He told me to, which would be a very valid reason. He has all authority; obeying Him is more than enough reason. But I mean Jesus saved me out of the deepest pit I’ve ever seen, my own sin. I owe Him more than I could ever give. He loved me even when I myself could not find a reason to be loved.

When you see the power of God’s anger, how deserving you are of that anger, and how you are in no way able to escape it, but then are met instead with mercy, grace, and unconditional love, I can do nothing but be utterly blown away by who He is.

We are all rebels against the King and part of what’s so beautiful about the Gospel, is that this is not okay (Psalm 90:11), but that because of Christ, we have been made right in His sight! That is like an axe murder being lovingly accepted into the family of the children he killed, and that family risks their lives to save him. He didn’t just look the other way from our sin, He paid the price. This is what the Gospel is, that God accepts sinners because of Christ alone.

There is nothing that binds God to be merciful to sinners, but the beautiful message of the Gospel is: the God who is angry with sinners is merciful to sinners. Our hope is in God alone.

This hope, this grace, this love has transformed me. He not only forgave me for who I was, but He changed me. He took me out of darkness into the light. I did not deserve the chance to become better, let alone to become like Christ. This is what my Savior has done for me. I stand forgiven, clean, wanted, and loved.

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Fairy Tale…

2 Nov

“For I know the plans I have for you…”

As a little girl, I have always loved watching fairy tales and believed one day this would happen to me. Even though, I know I am still young, I could be married to a good man today. A man who was tall, dark and handsome. A great athlete who was very charming. We would have had a good marriage, a good life, a nice home and I’m sure beautiful children. But something happened to me. I opened the word of God! I fell in love! The stories in the Bible seemed just like the fairy tales I read and watched as a little girl except this time the story was about God. Having a relationship with God was something I could have? What a fairy tale! The closer relationship I built with God, I knew he had different plans for my life, I eventually broke off my relationship with the good guy! I knew God wanted to be the author of my fairy tale! So, hear I am today wanting to start a new journey in my life, and discovering the purpose God has for me. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and share the love of Jesus! I know that the Lord will reveal more of Himself and His plan for my life during this trip and the weeks to follow.