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147 Million Orphans Blog
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HOPE. This next generation of kids GET IT. THEY GET IT. there are more "20 somethings" giving there life away at home and overseas then EVER before. IT is ASTOUNDING to watch. And it is not the easy road. These kids are dealing with malaria, special needs, malnourishment, HIV/AIDS, DEATH on a daily basis. THeir "daily dealings" would leave most of us over here in our "comfy little lives" in counseling for years.
My nephew is one of these kids. My first trip to Africa we took him along. He was a typical kid. He had a little rebellion in him...just enough to make you wonder what he was thinking:) His heart has always been as big as EVER, but his "tough guy persona" overshadowed it a bit. I knew if I could get him in the right setting that he wouldn't be able to resist the tenderness that was really in his heart....and that is basically what happened on our trip. LITERALLY, before our eyes, we watched a transformation happen. Writing about it today brings tears to my eyes. He is a junior at UT. Any extra time that he has these days, he is boarding a plane serving. Honduras, Haiti, Uganda..you name it and he desires to GO AND DO. I received an email from him a few nights ago and this is what I read:
Passion. What exactly is passion? Webster’s dictionary describes the word passion as an emotion, an intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction, and also as love, a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. As followers of Jesus Christ, what does the word ‘passion’ mean to us and what are the implications of it in our lives? First and foremost, we are to have a passion to seek and pursue Jesus. After all, if scripture is inherently the word of God and is God inspired, which we do believe as followers of Christ, we should look no further than the Word of God to reach a verdict. I believe to truly be passionate about Jesus, means to be passionate about the things that Jesus himself was passionate about. One of the clearest passages of Scripture that sheds light into what Jesus was passionate about is Matthew 25 verse 31-40. Jesus is speaking about the final judgment of mankind and the manner in which man will be judged. He talks about separating the goats from the sheep according to how they had lived their lives. Verses 34-40 read:
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?”
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”
What, or whom, are you passionately living for?
Now, this makes an auntie's heart proud.
My Grace is the same way. Our Honduras trip was just enough to hold her over until she can step foot on those red dirt roads this summer. My Michael is starting to ask also..."when can I go?!" It's such a huge pull at their hearts to get out and DO that they can hardly stand it. THE BODY OF CHRIST....the next generation GETS IT and I am so thankful that I have a front row seat:)
- I am a lover of Jesus. I have the most fabulous husband that anyone woman could ask for. The Lord has blessed us with 7 beautiful children. I started this blog so that friends and family could follow our trip to Uganda to visit Katie Davis. I have decided to keep blogging to help bring orphan awareness to the world around me.