Sometimes it feels easier just to focus on the people in front of us. The world’s a big place, and there are a lot of hurting and vulnerable children in every part of it.
But let’s reject the lie that we cannot make a difference with such an immense problem. God is also in every part of the work, at work in churches, ministries, and individuals from Korea to Colombia. With God’s help, the church can make a real difference in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world.
Over the past years, Hope for Orphans has had the opportunity to serve alongside churches in half a dozen countries. This week, we’re sharing some highlights from those experiences. Here’s a reflection from our friend Paul Zito, who accompanied us on our recent trip to Cuba.
I originally sketched this out as “closing thoughts” on the Cuban trip. But I am renaming it to “opening thoughts”. Why? Because our visit is only the beginning, God willing. It was the closing thoughts to the Introductory chapter on how Hope for Orphans can help the Cuban people. But it is the opening to a future gospel being spread there through the church and the least of the people, the abandoned children and orphans.
Cuba visually brought to me the multi-colors of heaven that we will one day enjoy. My wife and I talk a lot about how heaven will not be as white or Euro-centric as most Americans imagine. I knew this intellectually before, but now I know it in my soul. Like Cuba, heaven will be black, brown, white, mixed, and Jewish—white will not be the dominant color. I saw that in vividly in Cuba.
I see how people live day to day, hand to mouth, trusting God for daily bread. I see my own crass materialism. I see people with joy despite living in a hopeless material existence.
I see a humility in the Christian community.
I see people far less focused on the intellectual nature of God and that relationship, and far more focused on their relationship with God, especially the Holy Spirit. As Americans, we can often “pooh-pooh” the spiritual realm, but we should not. I should not. It is real—more real than the material world in many respects.
I see people that understand Satan and the spiritual battles around us. Satan must be replaced by Jesus in our hearts.
I have been revitalized in my walk to see God at work in this world. We lose that here in America. We are too affluent. Too comfortable.
I cried every time you spoke from your heart on the visible gospel being presented through working with orphans. And adoption. “The more vulnerable, the more valuable to God” as you describe it.
How blessed I am to get to be able to be a part of this, to see the Holy Spirit at work in Cuba.
We’re excited to share that a generous supporter has offered up to a $50,000 matching grant! That means that the money you give before July 12 will be doubled. This additional funding will fuel many of our orphan care initiatives, including our two biggest goals this year: developing our Project Lionheart curriculum and nurturing local church partnerships in Cuba. Give today.
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