In part 1, I asked you:
If Jesus was to ask you, “Why did you not take care of the least of these that I put in your jurisdiction? Why did you not care for the fatherless? Why did you not take up their cause?”
What would be your answer?
Did you think about what your answer would be?
If it’s anyone’s problem, it’s ours. Yea, it is hard. I don’t minimize that or pretend like it’s all peaches and cream. But it’s worth it. These are children we are talking about. Each child is a dream of God’s heart. These children are ones that we esteem above ourselves. If you really want the heart of God, if you really want your heart to break for the things that break His heart, then the plight of the orphan cannot be ignored. I’m not saying that everyone is called to bring a child into their home. But that’s not the only way to take part in this and definitely not an excuse to do nothing.
Father rescued us and adopted us into His family when we were lost in sin, enemies of His, dead in our trespasses by sending His Son to die for us to make a way for us. To look into the eyes of the Lamb who was slain and having the revelation of what King Jesus has done for you will wreck what you really think about “religion” and what your life is about. It’s not about you. It’s not about your salvation only. Salvation is where your life begins, not ends. Your salvation was not the ends to which Christ died for you. It was the beginning to bring you life and life abundantly in Him (John 10:10). So, then you could continue what He started and bring Him back to earth to restore all things and bring the habitation of Father down to dwell amongst us (Matt 28:16-20, Rev 21:1-4). In this revelation, Love compels us to what’s on the Father’s heart- which are these Orphans.
There is a shortage of foster homes. As many churches as we have in Houston County and as many professing Christians there are, why is there a shortage of licensed foster families? 200 children. That is not alot and it’s not impossible to have enough foster families to faciliate that.
I attend a church of about..…we’ll say about 1200.
1200 people in attendance on Sundays and 200 children.
Need a say more?
Recently, I’ve been thinking a little more about this foster family shortage crisis. Now, God’s provision never lacks. He is Jehovah Jireh- our provider. It’s who He is. It’s His Name. I love how Psalm 23:1 reads in Youngs Literal Translation: ” Jehovah [is] my shepherd, I do not lack.”
His provision for the families needed to facilitate the number of children being taken from their biological homes and put in the foster system is not short and does not lack. He is sufficient. So, then why do we see such a shortage? If His provision doesn’t lack, then what is going on? I know there are families in Houston County that are called to do this. I know the Lord sees who these families are. His provision is there. So, I’m calling you out. We truly need an awakening in the Church. Wake up! Wake up! Wake up! Don’t sleep away this life sticking your fingers in your ears saying “la la la la I don’t want to hear the sound”. Don’t miss the glorious things God is doing, wanting to do, and going to do. We need YOU! The children need YOU! I don’t want to see just any families in Dothan becoming foster parents or adopting. I want to see the Church who carries the DNA of God’s heart for the orphan to rise up and take their place. People who are passionate about Jesus and children. Who burn for this. Stand today deciding come hell or high water, we won’t back down.
It’s fascinating how armies in the Old Testament, when they would go to war, did not wait around for the enemy to attack them. They busted through gates running right into enemy territory. It’s time the Church got a revelation of who their God is and who they are and walked in that Revelation ramming the gates of hell and taking back what is rightfully ours and even more rightfully King Jesus’. The Church is not a people who just come together on Sunday to sing a few songs, hear a nice sermon, and then leave to go eat some fried chicken. The Church is not reduced to that. Modernization and dead religion has reduced it to such. But we are the Ekklesia. We are a governmental body established by Jesus to rule and reign with Him (seated with Him in Heavenly places). We were made for battle- We were made for War. We are not at the mercy of the Enemy.
And one of the best things is you’re not alone. There’s a small group/ministry that I’m a part of called Orphan Advocates. Simply put: Holy Spirit opened our eyes to the Father’s heart and the plight of the orphan. We heard the call, and we came together with a common purpose, global vision, mission- to advocate for the orphan in bringing awareness, but always in living out the call by rescuing these children and stepping into foster care and adoption. We are a multifaceted group. We need all parts of the body with different giftings. Though it is about rescue, that is not the only way for you to become involved. We have several families who are licensed for foster care and adoption. Then we also have others who are “wrap arounds”. Basically, that is if a family needs a babysitter, or maybe needs help with a meal every so often, or needs help with work around the house, there are people to “wrap around” these family supporting them and helping them. There is unlimited ways for you to make an eternal impact by being a “wrap around”. The possibilities with this are endless. There is also the financial facet.- whether just investing in the ministry, investing into someone else’s adoption, or investing in a mission trip to a foreign orphanage. (Put faith on the seed you sow)….So there are many avenues to be able to get involved in caring for these children even if your not called to actually bring them into your home. If you live in Houston County are the surrounding areas and would like more information, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come join the Rescue Revolution!