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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rubber Meets the Road

I have been thinking of raising money for missions. I need to stop thinking and start doing. I found a couple of deserving organizations on this blog post by Ashlee B Lucas.  If you are looking for a way to serve God where you are or somewhere to go, this may be for you.

Restoration Hope-Whatever…Whenever….Just do it!!!

Do you know anyone who said Yes to God before they got the question? Would you be willing to do that?
Yes God! Whatever? Whenever?
I do…Jason and Brandy Hester! Restoration Hope!
One of the values we hold dear at Restoration Hope is that we only work through strong South African organizations with whom we share a common vision and passion. We are honored to serve alongside our two primary partners, Tabitha and iThemba.
TABITHA MINISTRIES Tabitha Ministries is a Christian non-profit organization providing care for people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS. Based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, they care for adults and children in the community with a major focus on “child-headed households.” Tabitha also operates an orphanage and school focused on caring for, ministering to and develop the next generation of leaders.
iTHEMBA PROJECTS iThemba exists to serve the people of Mpumuza and to give them a hope for the future through education, empowerment and new skills. They are particularly passionate about the new generation — the children and youth.
Their passion extends into two areas — the moral fibre of the youth and their education. They believe that if a new generation of men and women can step into adulthood with a high level of education and strong moral convictions, the community of Mpumuza will experience a new hope for a much brighter future.
What does God say about orphans and our responsibility?
Blog by Tim Davis:
  1. God calls Himself the Father of the  fatherless.
·        Psalm 68:5, “A father of the fatherless and a  judge for the widows, is God in His holy  habitation.”

  1. God considers spiritual service the  purest when His people are taking care of orphans.  (and)  A religion that does not care for orphans is no  religion at all.
·        James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father  accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their  distress.”

  1. God’s people are commanded to care for  orphans.  To see an orphan afflicted, and to turn a deaf ear,  is sin, even rebellion.
·        Exodus 22:22, “You shall not afflict any widow or  orphan.”
·        Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove  the ruthless, Defend the orphan, plead for the  widow.”
·        Isaiah 1:23, “Your rulers are rebellious, and  companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes, and follows after  rewards.  They do not defend the  fatherless.”

  1. We can be the hands and love of Christ  Himself by providing practical care.
·        Deuteronomy 10:18, “He executes justice for the  orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and  clothing.”
·        Psalm 10:14, “But You, O God, do see trouble and  grief; you consider it to take it in hand.  The victim commits  himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.”
·        Matthew 18:5, “Whoever receives a child in My name,  receives Me.”
·        Matthew 25: 45, “Truly I say to you, to the  extent that you did it to one of the least of these, you did it unto  Me.”

  1. Orphans are to be taken care of with  the same honor and provision as a Pastor or Priest.
·        Deuteronomy 14:28-30, “The Levite (priest),  because he has not portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan  and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in  order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which  you do.”

  1. A portion of all that we possess is  sacred and belongs to the orphan.
·        Deuteronomy 26:12-14, “You shall say before the  Lord your God, ‘I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have  given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all  Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed or  forgotten any of Your commandments.”
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I am not sure what God is calling you to do. It could be to go. It could be to give. It could be a different ministry.It could be to adopt or foster a child. It could be you don’t know you have never asked.
Say yes to God!!! Whatever it is…One person can make a difference!!!!

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