“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone!” Mark 16:15, NLT
This scripture is something I’ve heard a thousand times and something I have always held as a value; however, it is something I’m unsure if I’ve ever understood until now.
Right now I’m visiting Texas for a short furlough from work in Haiti. I was able to see my family and loved ones for two weeks, and after that I had the pleasure of traveling with Mike and Mandy Reiszner to Guatemala. The purpose: To seek God’s will and see if we are supposed to extend our hands there and see if there is something more we can do for orphans. It was exciting to set foot on fresh soil and go on a new adventure to places yet unseen (at least by anyone I knew).
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. In fact, I kind of expected to see something similar to what I see in Haiti. I expected to see a lot of filth, naked kids, people begging, and poverty beyond comprehension; however, I was surprised. I saw a country that is fairly clean, has great roads and infrastructure, has diverse agricultural resources, and is much cooler and more pleasant climate-wise. I thought to myself, “They don’t need our help here.”
According to UNICEF, the orphan population in Guatemala is 370,000 children. This number is roughly 50% of the Haitian orphan population where one out of every ten people statistically is orphaned. Thinking on this, my perception was that we already have our hands full with two partnering orphanages and The Myan Orphanage that just opened up in March. “Just keep focused on what you are doing in Haiti because there is already enough on your plate!”
On day two of our trip we drove to Huehuetenango, a seven hour trip by van, where we visited an orphanage with 135 children. This region is in Guatemala is known as an extremely poor area with a high population of extremely malnourished children. I met Tino, Daniel, Vilma, Fermin, Christina and many other children who were orphaned, abandoned and fatherless. Fortunately, they were able to be placed in an orphanage where their needs can be met.
On that trip, God showed me that even one orphan is a crisis! How sick is it to look at numbers and say that one group of children need our help more than another. One orphan is a crisis because it is one child the enemy is attempting to snuff out, to prevent from worshipping Father God and coming to know Jesus! God hasn’t asked us to provide all of our needs by ourselves to defend the orphan, but to be obedient about what He has asked us to do.
Every follower of Christ is commanded to go into the world and preach the Good News. That may mean something different to each of us, but it is still the same basic command. Coreluv’s charge is to Defend the Orphan! Through planting the Good News of salvation within every child, we are able to reach the multitudes.
Please be in prayer as we seek the Lord on how he desires Coreluv to extend it’s reach into other regions. We know that God will provide the resources to accomplish His vision. His love for these children knows no boundary, government or restraint, and He can melt every obstacle to achieve intimacy with His children.
Posted on Sat, May 10, 2014
by Jake Sangster filed under