BY JENNI KELLER
I’m passionate about being a mom. I believe it’s the most rewarding, hardest and ugliest work I’ll ever do. I can cry tears of joy and tears of desperation all in the same day. I love my kids. And I love being their mom for so many reasons. God has used it to draw me to Him more than anything I’ve ever experienced.
A few weeks ago, I returned home from a short-term missions trip to South Africa. While I was there, God revealed His passionate heart to me in a way I’d never seen it.
In South Africa, I saw a sea of children with no moms or dads. We ministered within a five-mile radius and were told that it was home to 7,000 orphans that will never know the passionate love of a parent.
I looked at these kids and thought of my own. I spend all my days caring for their needs, kissing their boo-boos and encouraging their little hearts. Everything I do is devoted to them.
These kids have no one. Many are taken in by other family members, but don’t have the resources or ability to care for them as they truly need and raise them in love.
I’ve heard the scriptures about ministering to the orphan and the widow. They are throughout the Bible, but I had never really thought about why they exist. Why does God always talk about the fatherless?
God is a father. The same passionate heart He put in me for my children is in Him, for His children. We are all His children.
His heart is broken for these kids. And He calls us to do something about it.
I’ll be totally honest. The word orphan didn’t move me before. I didn’t get it. But, now I’ve seen these precious children. I’ve squeezed their little necks and held them on my lap. I’ve sensed their desperate need for loving touch and affirmation. I’ve listened to them share about their longing for hope. I’ve witnessed their desire to believe that God has a plan for them and that He can make a way for them to achieve their dreams.
I’ve also seen one simple way I can answer God’s call to help.
Sponsorship provides not only a child’s logistical needs – basic resources like food and school uniforms – but becomes their pathway to hope. Many orphans wonder if there is anyone in this world who cares for them. And when someone signs up to be their sponsor, they realize that someone does.
I know that my journey is a personal one. Not everyone will resonate or be moved by my words. But this is where I am. I want to tell everyone what I experienced and how I’m changed. I’ll let the Holy Spirit do the rest.
I love being a mom. God made me that way because He is that way. We are His image-bearers on earth. I’m learning that the way I respond in love and compassion for my own children is the same way God wants me to respond to the fatherless (and motherless) throughout the world.
Sponsoring kids is easy. There are many Christian organizations that offer this opportunity. Northview Church’s Carmel Campus partners with Horizon International, and it’s through their ministry that I saw with my own eyes the difference your support can make. Visit horizoninternationalinc.com to learn more.
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