In our fast-paced, success-oriented society, we’re accustomed to looking at the numbers, demanding quick turnarounds, and measuring success in percentages and statistics rather than stories, names, and faces. Perhaps if Ralph Waldo Emerson were living today, it would be more difficult for him to say, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
What if Emerson is right, though? What if our focus on the destination is causing us to miss the journey? What if the average moments in a day are more profoundly sacred than we ever imagined?
Sue and her family traveled to Guatemala this year to encourage their brothers and sisters in Christ at Iglesia Sendero de la Cruz, a church that is partnering with local families to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. While in Guatemala, Sue’s family had the opportunity to host a spa day for women from the community and church. The spa day had all the works: manicures, pedicures, facials, hair cuts, and all the joy and laughter forty women can create.
One of the trip participants talked with Sue later, recounting what it was like to sense the presence of God as she washed the feet of other women. “Doing pedicures for those women and getting to look into their eyes while scrubbing their feet . . . it was probably one of the most profound experiences of the whole trip.” Sue said her team wanted to give these women an opportunity to relax, but ultimately, she wanted these ladies to know that they are beautiful and loved.
Beautiful and loved.
We can't get so caught up in measuring success that we forget to look into her eyes while we wash her feet. We can't get so lost in projects and checklists and programming that we forget to wash her feet altogether. She needs to know she's beautiful. She needs to know she's loved.
While it may not be readily obvious, this spa day is an extension of orphan care. Many of the women who opened their hearts and homes to orphaned and vulnerable children in their community were given this day to rest, be pampered, and be appreciated for the daily work they do to care for the next generation.
Orphan care encompasses much more than statistics and the mere assurance that the child has a roof over his head. Orphan care that creates lasting community change honors the local leadership, empowers churches and caregivers, and continuously reinforces God’s love, while affirming individual worth.
You have the opportunity to wash the feet of your brothers and sisters around the world. Click below to learn more about how you and your church can serve in this way.