By Alan Hunt, Vice-President ‘He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”’
This simple command and promise gives me comfort as I start 2013 and my sixth year with the ministry of World Orphans. For certain we will each experience many different things in the coming year, but for me, knowing that God is still on His throne, still in charge, still has a plan and a purpose is comforting. My purpose is to align myself with Him and trust in Him completely, every moment, regardless of the circumstances in the coming days.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Why then is it, at times, so difficult? Like you, I can point my finger to numerous issues that will lead into lengthy conversations about politics, religion, the economy, leadership, the media, violent gaming, pornography, gun control, and on and on. Tune into the talk shows to hear mostly mindless chatter and opinions about such matters that do little to resolve these very serious issues.
The ultimate truth is that we live in a world that is battered by sin. Oops, I said the word that no one likes to talk about. An old Sunday school teacher of mine would say “I just crossed the line from preaching to meddling!” We can try to ignore sin, and we do, but we all see it on display, and to some degree, personally experience it on a daily basis.
The good news is that God provided a solution for our sin. My sin, your sin, the sin of the world, and the solution is His son, Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross he paid the penalty for all the sin of the world. God created us and loves us so much that he provided a way for our sin to be forgiven through Jesus Christ. All we have to do is accept this truth and place our trust in the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross. When we do so, we align ourselves with God’s perfect plan for life now and for eternity. This is the gospel.
The gospel is what drives the ministry of World Orphans and everything we do. As we enter our twentieth year our mission and vision remains the same:
“World Orphans is committed to rescuing orphaned and abandoned children, strengthening the local church, and impacting communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through church-based, family-focused programs.
We seek to equip, inspire, and mobilize the church to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.”
God’s word is clear:
“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.”
Thank you for being part of this ministry, as we continue to serve orphans and vulnerable children around the world. May God bless you in the coming days and may His perfect plan give you comfort.