I’ll bet you thought I was NEVER going to get to blogging today, but here I am! I’ve had a busy day and I didn’t want to dash this post off…this is important stuff.
John and I (and some of our friends) are undertaking a special project, a very special project. A very special project that we believe God is giving to us as a gift. A gift to give back to Him, a gift to change us, a gift to refine us, a gift to serve the world.
In a series of events, John and I began to realize that God was truly calling us to something bigger than ourselves and bigger than our wildest dreams. We believe that God has called us to begin a ministry that we will call Joel 2:25 Worldwide Outreach. The mission statement is this:
Joel 2:25 Worldwide Outreach exists to be the hands and feet of Jesus by bringing help, healing and hope to the hurting and disenfranchised people of the world.
We believe that God wants to use us, that He wants us to serve the ones He loves, that He wants us to do the practical to bring hope and help to the hurting and the broken and those who have no voices and no one to speak for them.
We are in the beginning stages of creating a non-profit organization that will move resources and equip people to serve those less fortunate, here in the United States and abroad.
And the reasons for doing this are these:
1. “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.” James 1:27
We believe that God wants us to serve others. That He wants us to care for those who can not care for themselves. We believe that He wants us to show Him love by doing this and we want to show Him love.
2.“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-38
We know that God is love and we know that God loves. And we know, don’t we, just how loved we are and how good it is to be forgiven and redeemed. How can we not share that love with others? How can we not share that freedom with others? And how can we not love the ones that He loves? We must. We must tend to the ones He loves. We must love others at least as well as we love ourselves.
3. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” Joel 2:25
Quite a few years ago, I was deep in despair. My marriage was ending, I had four hurting children, I had a broken heart. I cried out to the Lord and He answered me with Joel 2:25. He promised me restoration. And then one day, I met a man online and we were chatting on instant messenger. I was telling him the story of my divorce and he said, “There’s a verse I’ve always loved for situations like this.” And then, he quoted Joel 2:25. And eight months later we got married. Joel 2:25 became our family’s life verse. We know how He restores.
My life has been a restoration story. God has restored my soul on every level. He has restored my life again and again. He restores my hope, my heart and my circumstances over and over.
I want to say thank you to Him by bringing restoration into the lives of others. I want to be His hands and feet, offering restoration to those in need.
So, that’s where we are. We are only just beginning, but we have identified our first project. And that is what I want to share with you today. We can start funneling resources to those less fortunate than ourselves today!
We will begin with the Good Samaritan Orphan Home.
These are the children of the Good Samaritan Orphan Home in India. They come from an impoverished area. These are children who either have no parents or their parents are unable to care for them. There are fifty four and they are each fearfully and wonderfully made. Little people with eternal significance, people who are loved of God. It costs $25 per month to provide for each child- only $25 to feed, clothe and educate these precious ones. I think I spend $25 per month on Starbucks alone. Not to go all Sally Struthers on you, but it’s less than a dollar a day!
Twenty one of these children have what their caretaker calls “Foster Parents”. These are the people who have committed $25 per day for their care. That leaves 33 that still need sponsors. We sponsor two children, Anisha and Nagalaskemi.
Wouldn’t you like to make a difference in the lives of children like these?
Another thing I love about the Good Samaritan Orphan Home is that they don’t just take in and care for orphans…they also take in and care for widows. Here is what Peter Subbaiah, director of the Good Samaritan Orphan Home has to say about why they do what they do for the widows of their area:
“One of the reasons that the widows in particular need your help is because after a woman’s husband dies, she is left at the mercy of others and cannot make enough money to live on, especially if she is childless or too old to remarry. While many programs offer aid to orphan children, ours is unique in that it also requests money to offer aid to the poor widows of India, a demographic just as in danger of exploitation and poverty, but frequently without the necessary awareness from donors like you. Our program is devoted to raising awareness of the destitute widows of India just as much as it is to raising awareness for the orphan and poor children of our land. We pray for funds to help these widows, as it could be able to save them from a life of hunger and pain.”
These women are in need. In need of food, shelter, clothing and medications. The cost to support one of these elderly ladies is only $30 per month. As of now, there are 19 women at the widow’s home. Only 6 have “foster parents”.
I’m asking for your help, friends and readers. I spoke with Peter on the phone today about the work that he’s doing in India. We spoke of the children and the widows and how they pray for sponsorships, how they pray for provision. You know, they don’t struggle with doubt…they know that the Lord will come through for them.
“We just pray that God will bring sponsors.” Peter said.
I pray that too and I’m asking, will you prayerfully consider supporting one of these widows or orphans? Or, if you can’t afford the full amount, would you commit to sending $5 per month, $10 per month, $15 per month? Perhaps you can’t commit to a monthly gift, but would like to give a one time gift to help with some of their other projects.
Right now, they are in the process of adding bathrooms to their orphan home. (They had only ONE!) And they just deepened the well that brings fresh water to them all. They now need to purchase a water tank that will allow the well to function. The cost is 20,000 rupees. Or…about $380. This is an actual need, a need that you can help meet. Fresh water for women, children and the staff of Good Samaritan.
Or, right now, the buffalo that supplies the children with all of their milk is pregnant. Did you know that pregnant buffaloes don’t give milk? Well, they don’t. Peter told me today on the phone that there is no milk for the children and he is having to go out daily and buy milk at least for the sick children. “How much would it cost to buy milk for all of them during the time that the buffalo isn’t giving milk?” Peter’s answer was, “300 rupees a day…and that would be until January or February.” Dear ones, did you know that 300 rupees is about $5.70. $5.70 is all that is needed each day to provide 54 children with milk. That’s only $171 for the whole month…or around $600 for the buffalo’s entire maternity leave.
Because you see, there are already 20 more children in neighboring villages who are waiting for a spot at the Good Samaritan Orphan Home, 20 more children who need food, clothing, education. 20 more lives that we can help change. But Peter can’t bring them in until support for these others has been met.
Will you ask yourself if you can afford to help? You can give through Hope Community Church two ways, one by mailing a check to:
Hope Community Church
28 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601
Be sure and write India Mission/Water Tank or India Mission/sponsorship or India Mission/Buffalo milk in the memo section.
The other thing you can do is click Here. Be sure and click the drop down menu and choose India Mission. That part’s important!
Please let me know if you’ve chosen to give. You can let me know in the comments section, you can email me at email@example.com or you can just come on over and we’ll talk about it!
I would LOVE to call Good Samaritan and say, “We’ve got all the sponsorships we need! We’ve also got the money for water tank and milk for the children!”
Do this with me, friends! I promise you won’t regret it and that God will honor your giving. That’s how He is. He loves to see us love each other!