The next day I was reflecting on what she said and I felt like the Lord reminded me that the path of least resistance is not always the best path. Our command from the Lord as Christian parents is NOT to make sure our kids are comfortable and teach our kids the best ways to avoid risk. But what we do often is just that. We spend a lot of time making sure our kids are entertained and that they have all the things we think we missed out on growing up. But our job as Christian parents is to teach our children to walk as Jesus did and live out the gospel...and that gospel says, GO! It says to go to the nations and declare what the Lord has done and His love for people.
God does not mince words when He said we are to care for widows and orphans. He says that this is true religion, and I want my kids to know true religion!
We've also been asked why we feel the need to move to Africa after we've already adopted two orphaned children. To look at the Christian life in this way is really to warp the idea of following Christ into simply making a statement about who we follow. Walking with Christ means to constantly be asking, "OK, God! What do you have for me next?!"
"If you do one good deed, your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one."
-CS Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
A few short years later, when we fostered a 6 month old little baby girl from Evansville, we watched 6 year old Anteneh carefully bathe that little baby, lotion her up, dress her in new clothes, comfort her, and give her a bottle. What a picture of the Christian life. Our son was lifted up...and in turn learned to lift up another vulnerable child.
"I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God...Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you have planned for us." Psalm 40:1-3, 5
Here are our prayers requests:
- We need $1,800 of new monthly support to begin before October 20th.
- We need an indoor room to store our 18 packed tubs from October 20-November 22 while we are at missionary training. They require approximately 6 ft x 6 ft x 6 ft of space.
- We need a place to live from November 22-December 7. Before you volunteer, remember there are 6 of us and that's over Thanksgiving week! (Although we will be busy with family)
Thank you for your continued prayer for us. Thank you for giving, praying about giving, or beginning your giving now.
As always, we are so grateful for each of you reading this.
Daryn, Brooke, Grace, Anteneh, JoAn, and Luke West