"I have long dreaded the thought of getting to the end of life and regretting that I allowed my own timidity or other people's expectations to determine the course of my life. I decided that several of my beliefs should determine the course of my life...I believe that the Creator, has an epic script into which my minute presence has been written." - Steve Saint
"God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him."
Moving - Beyond Pity
He sat motionless on the bare concrete floor at the far end of the room, back against the wall, head between his knees and no clothes to cover him. Ten other children sat, lay or played in the same room but nobody went near him. The shame this 8-year old boy experienced crawled over me as I gazed at him.
What had he done to deserve this? I didn't understand and it frustrated me. I wanted to pick him up and hold him, tell him everything was going to be okay and then DO something about it - but the circumstances wouldn't allow it.
The plight of the orphan- their struggle for life - feels weighty and naturally stirs feelings of sorrow and pity. Unless we act - unless we move from pity to compassion we leave the needy just as we found them. Even if we just sit down next to them, laugh with them, or even cry with them - we offer them some comfort (2 Cor 1:3-4)… but we must move.
Experiences like this moved our family - not to feelings of guilt but to a sense of responsibility. Our hearts hurt for children just like this one. But how do we MOVE beyond the experience of pity? We can start by asking, "Lord, what will I do?" Then we must use the talents entrusted to us as He directs.
Our oldest son, Mason has done just that. Being given a heart to move to and live in Ghana and help the helpless, he has also used his God-given musical abilities to write a song for these hopeless ones to raise awareness. At the request of our friends and partners, Feeding The Orphans (FTO), Mason wrote and recorded "The Cry," and FTO developed the video. You can check it out on You tube by following the link.
Praying - The Need
We will continue to pray for you - for your heart to beat in resonance with the Father's, for your life to manifest His glory, for you to rejoice with Him in His great joy and for you to be broken where His heart breaks.
How can you pray? I'm glad you asked!
Justice for these children and the fatherless like them all around the world (Psa 82:3).
Population: 23.8 Million Orphans: 1.1 Million (UNICEF Data)
We are so grateful for those who have chosen to partner with us! You have helped us reach 87% of our need to move to Ghana. We have also received pledges totaling 75% of our monthly costs.
We are so close and need just a few more pieces of the puzzle to come together. How would you like to be the last piece placed in the puzzle? Please pray about joining us with a monthly pledge.
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World Outreach Ministries
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Marietta, GA 30061
We are a family who loves Jesus. We have followed him to the faraway land of Ghana, West Africa. We know He led us here for His purpose - for His name to be great among the nations. (Psalm 46:10) We are here for His glory alone.
By sharing a glimpse into our lives through our posts we give this permanent disclaimer: Nothing written here is to exalt ourselves. We desire for everything we do, say, think, write, or share to be for God's glory alone. We know this life is not about us, and do not ever wish to make it so. We are not trying to share our "experience." We are not trying to pose for pictures. We are not trying to make you think we are doing something we are not. We are broken, imperfect people made complete through the grace of Christ. There is nothing special about us - except the Lord we follow. We want all glory, honor, and praise to go to whom it is due - Jesus.
Sometimes we may write things that are hard to read. It's not our purpose to offend anyone or impose guilt. Life in Ghana is vastly different from life in America. Sometimes when you read about the struggles of your fellow brother, we hope you are propelled to pray. This blog is our avenue to share how God is revealing more of His heart to us. In the process, God allows us to see deeper into our own. It gets ugly sometimes. We are humbled that He has allowed us to be hands and feet of His work. For this, we rejoice in God's boundless grace.
If you accept the terms of this blog - please feel free to read and enjoy. It's not about us.
"But as for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except for the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through him, and I have been crucified to the world." - Galatians 6:14
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