As I sat in the pew listening to my pastor fight back tears as he told a heartbreaking, yet beautiful, story of the child they sponsor and her recent death- I wiped away tears. I felt the heartache he was describing. I didn’t have to be this child’s sponsor to love her. I just did, that feeling was already there. The love that was in Pastor’s eyes and voice made you feel God’s presence and know how incredibly beautiful and special this sweet child was to not just him but God.
In Ghana, 1 in 10 children die before their 5th birthday.
He talked about looking through the pages of orphans trying to pick a new child to sponsor, again all while fighting back tears. Hundreds, no, thousands of children that are just waiting. Waiting for someone to love them, someone to have compassion and help them. What more can I do is all that kept going through my head? How can this be? Lord, you have to do something….
Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. Use your gift well. 1 Peter 4:10.
God has broken our family’s heart for orphans. He has orchestrated a life for me and worked every detail out so specifically, leading me directly where he’s planned for me to be all these years. He knew that the death of our third son would open our eyes wider and bring us the beautiful journey he next had planned for us.
The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”
But… the good Samaritan reversed the question:
“If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
And that’s amazing. It’s so beautifully amazing! I’m in awe at God’s planning and timing in the story he is writing for our life. For too long we sat and did nothing. We lived comfortably, ate like kings and queens and ignored the reality of the orphan problem that was right in front of our eyes. We decided to step outside of some of those comforts and start changing lives….
Then the King will answer. “I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me. – Matthew 25:40
We were excited when we heard about something pretty cool this year and want to ask you to join us! As I’m sure you all know Easter Sunday is around the corner. We are joining in the Forget the Frock campaign. By simply purchasing a shirt you make a profound difference in an orphan’s life. How amazing is that? Instead of spending all the money you spend on new outfits for Easter you can order some t-shirts and start to change the world for a precious child.
Forget the Frock isn’t a charity–this is a MOVEMENT, started by a woman who loves Jesus and answered His call to do SOMETHING. That something was the decision to forego all the frilly frock (you know, dresses, suits, ties) that accompanied Easter attire and purchase a t-shirt that actually served a PURPOSE, a shirt that would feed a hungry child. This movement isn’t asking you to support a specific cause, and we’re not into fundraising. We’re here to challenge you to apply James 1:27 to your life by simply choosing to wear a T-shirt that meets a need instead of adorning ourselves this Easter Sunday. – Forget The Frock website
I used to think that I was only one person how could I make a difference. I now realize that’s how it starts. It only takes one person to start making a difference. One person to start changing lives….
Suppose someone has enough to live and sees a brother or sister in need, but does not help. Then God’s love is not living in that person. My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring. ! John 3:17
What a true blessing it has been to pour our lives into something so much bigger than us. It’s been life changing teaching our boys about a world that needs our help. I encourage you to serve Him by serving others. Hope to see you in you Forget the Frock shirts this Easter!
My eyes have been OPENED. I can’t pretend. I will ACT.
Please join and make a difference this year!