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Double Rainbows

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It wasn’t long ago that I was driving home from woke when I saw this double rainbow. It was so brilliant that people (myself included) were pulling over to take photos of it. Anyone who has read the Bible knows that God placed the rainbow as a sign to remember His promise to not flood the earth again. But, when I see a double rainbow, I think it must mean something extra special. When I I think of two promises side by side in the Bible, I think of God’s promises to care for orphans and widows because they’re usually mentioned together.

One of the promises is found in Psalm 68:5. David wrote that God is a father to the fatherless and a protector of widows. He knew God as much as anyone in the Bible and he wrote that about Him. In Deuteronomy 10:18, Moses said, “God ensures orphans and widows receive justice.” He wrote that after spending forty days and nights in God’s presence. It’s clear that God Himself has made a covenant with both orphans and widows as much as He had with Noah.

God has used ordinary men and women throughout history to be a father to the fatherless and a champion of widows. He has always looked for men and women who would step up and answer that call. Today is no different than any other time since the world was made. God wants to use people who are willing to say, “Here am I. Use me.” His invitation goes out, but only a few ever respond. What God does with those few is nothing short of amazing. Just like Jesus multiplied the fish and the bread, He multiplies the affect one can when fulfilling His promises to others.

Every day people choose to give of their time, their resources and abilities to help Coreluv make a difference. What started as one family responding to that call has led to thousands giving to defend orphans so that the fatherless could have fathers. The defenseless now have advocates working tirelessly so that they have food, shelter, clean water, education, job skills and the medical care they need. God is fulfilling His covenant to the orphan and the widow through people like you and me when we partner with organizations like that.

There is no greater joy than to be the very fulfillment of God’s promises. There is not a better way to store up treasures in Heaven than to be a father to the fatherless and a champion of widows. When I see a double rainbow, I smile because I know that God is reminding me that He has promised to care for orphans and widows and in some small way, I get to be a part of it. My hope and prayer is that the next time you see a double rainbow, you’ll think of orphans and widows and answer His call with, “Here am I. Use me.”

November is Orphan Awareness month. If you would like to find out more about how you can help defend orphans and widows, click here and select “Get Involved”. I personally partner with this organization and have seen first hand how my money is put to use. Pray and ask God how you can be a part of fulfilling His promise to orphans and widows.

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Haiti Day 5: We Said Goodbye

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Instead of going to a traditional church on Sunday, we took church to the Myan orphanage. We sang a couple of songs in English and then did one in Haitian Creole. Some children got up and recited memory verses and others sang a song they had learned. A few members from our team shared scriptures and short messages for each child. We then stood in a large circle around the room and went one by one telling one thing we are thankful to God for. The answers from some of the children were clothes, a bed, food, a beautiful house, someone to wash their clothes and one just thanked Him for everything that’s been done for her.

After we said our tearful goodbyes, we went back to the guesthouse to put our work clothes on. We headed to the Gonaives orphanage to finish the job. The children loved the warm yellow that we painted it. The old gray didn’t have a happy feel to it. It’s amazing how a little paint can transform not just a house, but a child’s outlook on life. Every new orphan that walks through the freshly painted gates will be greeted with a heart to show them love and a beautiful house to welcome them home.

The words “home” and “family” mean so much when you see the world through an orphan’s life. They don’t have a mother or father that they can go to for advice. They don’t have a safe place they can go when it storms. There are no family reunions that they can go to in order to connect with their roots. They aren’t even guaranteed their next meal or clothes when they grow. They miss the chance to be children when they have to grow up so fast in order to survive. That’s why orphan care is so important.

We may not be able to help every orphan in the world, but we can make a difference in the lives of a few. At our nightly devotional, we each shared the name of an orphan who changed our lives or touched our heart. We collectively smiled as each name was called out. It was the smile that says, “I know that kid! They touched my life too.” These team members may not have known the name of an orphan before they came. As we are leaving, I can tell you they don’t just know the name of an orphan, they know one personally.

I often think I would like to have known James in the Bible. He was hard nosed and didn’t pull any punches. His book in the Bible is short, but power packed. In the first chapter verse 27, he said, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.” This week, each member of our team got to experience what pure and genuine religion feels like. My hope is that what was born in Haiti will carry on with each of them for the rest of their lives. May they never stop giving what God has placed in their hands or serving Him faithfully.

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Changed Through Serving

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It’s Free Friday! Today is the day you let go of the things in your life that keep you down or hold you back from all God has for you. To celebrate, I’m giving away a copy of “No Longer A Slumdog: Bringing Hope To Children In Crisis” by K. P. Yohannan. Keep reading to find out how to enter.

On our last full day in Haiti, we started off by climbing the mountain in front of the guest house. It was as much a spiritual journey as it was physical. We walked through a poor neighborhood on the side of the mountain and then followed the rocky path up. We had to stop several times to catch our breath. It was good to see how far we had gone and then be able to look at the top to know where we were going. It reminded me how we often grow weary doing good. We get tired in our walk with Christ. We hit plateaus at times, and at others, we have steep climbs to make in a short amount of time.

When we got to the top, there was a spot where a church was being built. There were two ladies and a man who were up there singing and praying over the community below. When we walked back down the mountain, there were more people along the path who were also singing and praying. It challenged me to pray for my community, city, work place and wherever else God has me. The sound of prayer was inspiration on such a tough journey. It reminded me that prayer gives us strength where ours runs out.

After we arrived back at the guest house, we loaded up the team and headed for Roboto. It’s the poorest part of Gonaives. The students got out of the truck and immediately started filling plates with the rice we brought. We then went class to class giving these students the only meal they will receive for the day. It was incredible to watch these students serve the poorest of the poor in the Western Hemisphere. They truly were the hands and feet of Jesus and brought light into such a dark place.

After we finished feeding and playing with the children, we went to the Gonaives orphanage to pick up the children there. For the first time the children were going to visit the Myan orphanage. They climbed the trucks like they were jungle gyms. As we drove over the mountain to Myan, the kids were smiling ear to ear. There was laughter and excitement. When we pulled into the gates, they jumped out and immediately began playing with each other. It was beautiful to watch orphans from both our orphanages playing together for the first time.

Before we left, we went out of the gates to where we were breaking ground for a school building. While the construction team was digging up the ground for the foundation, they came across another foundation that was a part of a nearby wall. The contractor researched the history and found that there was a French fortress that had been built on that spot in 1802 that enslaved Haitians. Over 200 years later, an orphanage and school are being built on that very spot and is setting Haitians free! Our God new 200 years ago that we would hear the call to defend the orphan and would build in that spot.

God moved in our hearts on this trip. He called several to be missionaries and others into ministry. I watched as God took kids who were timid and opened them up to share what He has done in their lives. This experience has wrecked their lives because they’ve done what James 1:27 calls true and undefiled religion. They have cared for orphans and widows. They have helped push back the darkness in Haiti with the light of Jesus. Not only have we been changed because we were here, Haiti is different too. We now have a 14 hour journey home where each one will tell their story and others will catch the vision.

If you would like to win “No Longer A Slumdog” by K. P. Yohannon, all you have to do is go to my Facebook page here and “like” it. I will randomly pick one person tomorrow (March 29, 2014) who has liked my page. If you have already liked my page and enjoy reading these daily devotionals, you are already entered. Please invite your friends to like my page so they can receive encouragement from God’s Word too.

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