August 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am
The only men inside the orfanitorio are the security guards. 80-or-so children play within the fenced courtyard; they are shielded from outside dangers and void of inside comforts.
The orphanage is an institution rather than a home. A ‘mother’ cooks for the children, but no mommy dotes on them. A man guards the door, but no father walks through it. These children were removed from fractured homes, but not given a replacement.
In the midst of such circumstances, the children wonder as to their worth and struggle to define their dignity.
One gordita girl revels in our attention. Sitting in my lap is a particular thrill. While I was holding her today, she pointed to our team members and said, “buena, bueno, buena, mala, buena…”. Then, she pointed to herself and asked me, “¿Buena o Mala?” I hurriedly responded, “¡Buena, buena!” but sorrow filled my smiling face.
The same sorrow that burgeons when I watch the kids fight over worthless toys, when I hear them belittle one another to better themselves, when I sense their deep yearning for affirmation and affection, and when I perceive the utter lack thereof. Their wounds are deep, but even yet their future may be bright.
Pray for these children, that the Lord’s love would comfort them. Pray for the Lord’s people, that they would seek opportunities to love the abandoned. Pray that my team would love without abandon.
By Bonnie Cantwell, who served in Peru this summer through Buckner’s Project Go! program. Project Go! volunteers travel all over the world and dedicate one or two months of their summer to minister to orphan children, caregivers, in-country staff, and short-term mission trip groups. This post originally appeared in Bonnie’s blog at http://bonnieelizabeth.weebly.com/musings-blog.html.
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SIBASA, South Africa – “I believe that when biblical principles are put into practice then the biblical results can be expected,” said Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Lewisville. “We are mandated by Christ to go and make disciples; if we do our part, Christ is faithful to do His part.”
In February 2013, Fields and his congregation at New Beginnings Church were blessed to partake in a mission trip to Sibasa, South Africa. During their stay, they were able to evangelize to all walks of society; senior citizens, youth and children encountered the love of Christ and Field’s team shared about salvation with all.
“We walked the same roads every day and we made it a point to talk to everyone that we saw and let them hear the word of Christ,” said Adrianne Blue, member of New Beginnings Church.
The Lord allowed Fields and his team the true blessing of seeing 6,080 people accept Christ by grace and faith while in South Africa.
“It was an experience that I shall never forget and one that I wish every believer could experience,” said Fields. “To be able to see heaven enlarged right before your eyes is an incredible experience.”
An ordinary day on the trip consisted of a daily devotional and breakfast, and by 8:00 a.m. they were hitting the road headed from village to village, in schools and markets, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“It was a rewarding experience to have encounters with so many different people not only telling them about Jesus, but also teaching them how to evangelize,” said Blue.
They stayed in the field until noon every day, at which time they broke for lunch and prayer, but once the last bite was eaten, the team was back in the field winning more souls for the kingdom. Come evening time, the group would host a worship service where the locals could come and experience how to worship Christ. Charlie Singleton, director of African American Ministries, brought the message during the commissioning services and participated in the sending forth ceremonies each night.
The group arrived at a home in the village and knocked on the door. The mother answered the door and welcomed them into her home. Once Fields told her that they were there to share the gospel, she immediately began to outwardly display a feeling of great delight and relief.
“It was as if they had been waiting for someone to come and share the gospel with them,” said Fields.
The mother asked the group if they would wait while she went to get her husband and daughter so they could hear the good news as well. When she returned, she had her entire family with her and they received the gospel with great joy. After Joe prayed the prayer of salvation, the daughter, who was carrying her infant daughter in her arms, asked if the team would pray for her baby to be healed from sickness, so they did. Later that night at the revival meeting, the family was seen rejoicing after becoming disciples of Christ.
“I will forever be thankful to God for allowing me to personally experience such an awesome event,” said Fields.
Since the trip, New Beginnings Church in Lewisville has a new excitement running through its congregation; they are more eager to win their local community with the same biblical methods of sharing the gospel they were able to use abroad.
JUAREZ, Mexico – In 2013, Phil Miller, director of Bible Study/Discipleship, and Daniel Rangel, director of River Ministry and Mexico Missions, traveled to Juarez, Mexico, to bring attention to the growing need in the churches to receive training on teaching and sharing the gospel with others. The main focus of the training was how to have an evangelistic Sunday School. Full Story »
As I prepare for each lesson daily, I pray that God speaks through me and says to each child what he or she needs to hear. Each day that passes, I get closer to leaving. This makes me work harder because I want to make the most of my experience. Full Story »