I'm a firm believer that the Bible actually MEANS what it says. We can all get caught up in the various doctrines of what makes you a better Christian than me or than your neighbor. But when it comes down to it, there seems to be some clear mandates.
Don't know if you've been to Matthew 25:31-46 lately or not. But it seems pretty clear to ME. Jesus himself says the Lord will separate the sheep and the goats - some to life and some to death. Based on our doctrines?? NOPE! Based on some simple principles of life.
Did we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick, etc?
In 9 years as a foster parent, I couldn't take in one of those little ones and feed and clothe them without thinking, "You do this unto the least of them you've done it unto me."
Now we've been presented with the opportunity to help, REALLY help some of the special needs orphans in China. Due to circumstances, there are some children falling through the cracks of the system and WE have been asked to help.
Many of the successful models of group homes have several churches and companies as their "base." They support financially, with donations, volunteers, etc.
In the next week or so, I'll be putting together a proposal of what that looks like. I'll be contacting various churches who do not currently have an orphan care program to see if they would like to help. And corporations who might want to make contributions.
So think about it, do you know of a church? You friends with a pastor? Know of a company who does charitable donations? Know of a person who would like to donate? (Time, resources, money, services).
Many of you have offered to do "anything". THIS is my first request: Rack your brain for people you know who might be a resource.
Be encouraged. Many, many things are coming together behind the scenes, faster than I can keep track.
More details to come!