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Is This What Heaven Is Like

We drove for what seemed like an hour up dirt roads, maneuvering through large pot holes in one of Kenya's largest slums, until we reached a small orphanage where 30 young children lived. It was my first mission trip to Kenya. We had come to the orphanage to meet the children that would travel to camp with us that week.

Each child was unique, with a unique story and personality. Some had been abandoned, like Musa who was found wandering on a trash pile at only 4 years old. A few, like Jane, only 7 years old at the time, had been removed from abusive families; but many others were orphaned because AIDS had affected their lives.

They were skeptical of our small, nine member team when we first arrived. We were the first team that had come to visit their small orphanage and it would be their first time to go away to camp. They kept their distance at first, giving us shy glances and faint smiles that as the week progressed would turned into huge hugs and days full of laughter as they played games and rolled down small rolling hills full of grass.

"Is this what heaven is like?" asked one small child as he rolled down the hill. For most of these children, it was the first time they had played on grass. It was the first time that a group of strangers had taken the time to travel half way around the world to do one simple thing — show them the love of Christ.

When we prepare to leave on a mission trip, our prayer request are often that the Lord will use us according to His good and perfect will, that he will prepare the hearts and minds of the children we meet and the people that we serve. We pray for change in the lives of those we encounter on our trip, often without realizing that the life profoundly affected will be our own. To be the hands and feet of Christ is as sweet a gift given to us as the love we share with others along the way.

Join Orphan Outreach on a mission trip in 2014 and experience what God calls true and faultless religion.

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." — James 1:26-27

By Amy Seale

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