Tonight at my church we engaged in Orphan Sunday. It’s a day where Christians all around the world stand for orphans.
My church is full of twenty-somethings. We’re young people. Many of us are broke. Many of us are working part-time jobs. Some of us are professionals, but we still feel like kids. Most of us still don’t know what we are doing with our lives. Some of us just got married, just had kids, and are just starting to understand how the “real world” works.
But God is with us, and has been moving in our services, in our small groups, and throughout our city.
And tonight we were smacked with the fact that God cares about orphans. A LOT.
He cares enough to wreck the hearts of 500 young people over it.
A church full of twenty-somethings fasted and prayed today for the cause of the orphan. We worshiped and we prayed for the orphans tonight. Our pastor and my dear friend Jonathan Rue spoke on God’s heart for the orphan. We broke our fast with a meal of rice and beans simulating what orphans eat every day. And at the end of tonight we took an offering to give to give to the Christian Alliance for Orphans in order to feed orphans in Zambia; orphans many of us will never meet.
A group of ragtag twenty-somethings gave money because God wrecked our hearts and because God is a father to the fatherless. He is a father that goes searching for the orphan.
500 twenty-somethings gave over $7,100 to feed orphans. $1 serves 20 meals. One meal serves six children. That’s over 142,000 meals. That’s roughly 852,000 times an orphan gets to eat.
A seed of adoption, a seed of changing the world was planted in many of our hearts tonight. The orphan crisis is an issue that is unnecessary. 153 million children are orphaned in the world. Right. Now.
God cares. He cares enough to use people that are not typical. You don’t have to have it all together. You never will anyway. God chose you when you didn’t have it all together. We can choose to change someone else’s life when we don’t have it all together. Some people who don’t have it all together chose to do something tonight.
What you do matters. Every little bit you give matters.
Adoption is in my future, not because I feel obligated, but because God adopted me into His family, and He has gripped my heart for what grips His. So, future-wife, take note.
If you are a twenty-something, be encouraged. God wants to break your heart for what breaks His.
If you are in the Columbus area and are in or around your twenties, come join us at Joshua House, sunday nights at 6pm. Come encounter God, discover community, and love the world.
Be encouraged, because our God is one who searches for the broken, the lonely, the forgotten, and adopts them into His family as sons and daughters. And be challenged, because our call is to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, preserving life and shining light into the darkness.