World Orphans believes in equipping the church to care for orphans, but what does equipping mean in it's most complete form? Is it providing money? Is it meeting physical needs? Would you feel fully equipped if you were never encouraged? And how is one really encouraged?
Earlier this month, World Orphans sent a different kind of trip to Haiti. A Worship Trip. This was the first of its kind. We gathered 14 worship leaders and musicians from across the United States, and spent a week worshipping. We visited several of the World Orphans church partners in Port au Prince. The team took tangible gifts for the churches like instruments and sound equipment, as well as hygiene packets for families. However, these were not the greatest gifts of this trip. The most abundant blessing for both the churches and the team members, was time in the presence of God.
In our time together, relationships were built, laughter was shared, games were played, songs were sung, and worship was in it all! We visited school children in some of our church partner programs, and even got to interrupt class time to worship with them! What a delight to hear and see their young voices and hands lifted to the Lord. Our team learned alongside the churches that a lifestyle of worship is a life of sacrifice. And it is in this sacrifice that God Himself becomes everything we need.
Equipping churches goes far beyond just meeting physical needs. Wholistic care is only truly complete when we are worshipping God with everything we do, and allowing His presence to provide the things we are not capable of. God shows us in His word that He…all by Himself…is the Great Reward of worship. And He is everything we need.
In Numbers 18:20, the Lord told Aaron, "You will not have an inheritance in their land; there will be no portion among them for you. I am your portion and your very great reward."