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God's Heart Precedes God's Mission (#GrowDeep)
by Rey Diaz
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Where was Orphan Outreach's passion for the orphan born?  In the heart of God.

The best story to see this truth played out was in God's calling of Moses (Exodus 3:7-8 ).  God tells Moses “I've heard the cry of my children.  I’ve seen their misery.  I’m concerned about their suffering.  So I’ve come down to rescue them…”

This passion to save, rescue, and serve is born in the heart of God.  God decides to respond, personally.  He declares that He will come down, himself, foreshadowing Jesus a few thousand years later, when He would embark on the ultimate rescue mission.

But how will God come down?  How will he reveal His heart?  How will He rescue?

Exodus 3:10 – “So now, go.  I am sending you…”

This is how God comes down.  Through people.  Through people He calls.  Through people in whose hearts He plants His passion. He calls, He plants, and then He sends them on a mission.

God’s heart precedes God’s mission. 

In 2007, God heard the cries of orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala, Honduras, Russia, and India.  Then Latvia.  Then Kenya.  Then Ukraine.  And the master conductor, God began orchestrating a plan.   God was writing something amazing in response to the cry of orphans.  And He was looking for instruments.  He found some people who were willing to give their lives for the cause.

OO 10 Year Team

Mike Douris was retiring from a successful career where he launched an international ministry and designed orphan care programs around the world.  But God wasn’t done with him yet. 

Tiffany Taylor Wines was raising teenagers who had been adopted from a Russian orphanage, and wondering how she could serve the ones left behind.

Amy Norton was witnessing the vicious cycle once a child would “graduate” from an orphanage and enter a lonely world. She knew something had to be done.

Amy Seale, a genius jack-of-all-trades in the tech world, was wanting to get more involved in direct orphan care after leading mission trips and seeing the need face-to-face.

Eraina Larson was starting a family but knew God was calling her to be a family on mission.

Paula Hayes was facing her second retirement, not knowing God had another plan for her life.

Katherine Cheng was planning graduate school in social work and had traveled to China where a fire had been ignited in her to care for the vulnerable.

Sarah Herbek was at Dallas Theological Seminary studying missions in response to God's call to serve the least and lost.

Jennifer Burke was working at the Heights Church in the worship ministry.

Morgan Byrd was a senior in high school getting ready for prom and preparing to spend the summer in Guatemala.

Ronne Rock was feeling the pull to step away from a successful career in corporate marketing to do something “more” with her life and faith - but she had no idea where the road would lead.

Rey Diaz was in Honduras working in a garbage dump with children at risk not knowing he would be crossing paths with Orphan Outreach a few months later.

Beth Galway was running a consulting company honing her talent, not realizing she would one day be using these same talents to serve children.

D’Jon Roeschke was raising 13 and 14 year old children in Plano, Texas, experiencing first-hand the importance of family in the life of a child.

Margo Isbell was finalizing the adoption of her daughter, Olivia, from Guatemala before the door was closed for so many other children.

Kristie McCrary was serving many through a Christian broadcasting network, not knowing she was building relationships that would serve orphans in the future.

I could go on and on.  With the founding and current board members.  With our staff around the world  With the program directors and our ministry partners.  With the church leaders in the US and in all the countries.  With the hundreds and hundreds of individuals who would go on trips, sponsor children, and donate generously all to serve orphans around the world.

God was gathering a group of the most unlikely people and placing passion in their hearts.  It’s a movement.  Its unstoppable.  And its only gaining steam!

All of us share a common passion to serve orphans and vulnerable children - a passion that was born in the very heart of God. We have all come to realize that our divine passion has become a divine responsibility.  Our present day calling is based on an eternal heritage.

In Zechariah 4:10, it says, "Don't despise small beginning because the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…"

My daughter taught us a simple song that we love to sing.  And I think that this team has been singing this song with their lives for the past 10 years.  The lyrics simply say “I give myself away, so you can use me.”

So now, friend, comes the question - how is God's heart moving in you today? What is God asking that you do with His call and His passion? Pray and respond. Give your answer to the Lord, let your feet be moved by Him, and watch what He does in your life. We would love to be part of your mission. You can send a note to me at rdiaz@orphanoutreach.org to talk about all the ways to get involved in serving orphans well.

 


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