We have three mandates for this ministry, but we’re beginning to understand that the area of helping other churches launch their orphan ministries is much bigger than we anticipated. When you tap into what God is doing, you never know what kind of ride you’re in for! You are guaranteed that it will be full of adventure and challenge, but it will be the most fulfilling way to spend your life.
We met with a couple two weeks ago about their desire to start an orphan ministry at their church. We don’t know who left the meeting more excited! They were excited to get things going and we were so excited that this is actually beginning to happen! We knew that God was calling us to help others start ministries at their church, but this is the real deal, it’s happening! During out meeting, we talked about many practical details, offered insight on some of the things we have already walked through and heard from them about their heart and plans for the ministry. However, one of the most exciting things we took away from the meeting was the Kingdom mentality. There was a genuine desire, shared by everyone, to see God move through the Canadian Church in response to the orphan crisis, regardless of who’s name was on what or who’s materials or resources were used. We feel so strongly that the Spirit of God is quenched when we worry about who gets the credit for things or when we focus on our denominational differences. There seems to be a growing movement of people that want to work together, share resources, help each other build and then put God’s name on it. It’s exciting and it’s the kind of movement, we feel, the Spirit of God will breathe upon.
Jason and Nicole are starting their ministry, Brighter Tomorrows-Hope for Orphans, out of Sunshine Hills church in Delta. They just started their blog/website. Drop by, check it out and let them know you’re praying for them. One day, could there be an orphan ministry supporting the needs of adoptive families in every community in Canada? That’s what we’re praying for.