For a while now I have had a longing to help children in Ethiopia. I have been searching for different ways to help. Two weeks ago I was on a conference call with some other AWAA families and Children's Hope Chest. The plan is for 12 people to go to Ethiopia visiting several orphanages and areas where there are children as head of households. The goal is to partner with an orphanage that does not receive help from the West or to develop a long-term care-point to keep families together.
It is exciting to make a difference in a child's life. Part of me is sooo excited, part of me wants to help, part of me wants to go but there is another more selfish side that says let someone else go. The bottom line is God is urging me to go but I am comfortable where I am. That is the sad ugly truth.
God is never satisfied with comfortable. He doesn't want lukewarm Christians to serve him because it's easy or comfortable. Sometimes, many times, God puts us in uncomfortable places so we can grow. For me growing pains are never easy but the comfortable path isn't easy either.
Last night at dinner I asked Igor what he thought about me going to Ethiopia. Igor said that's a good idea. Then Igor said, "Mom, why don't we ask God to help Ethiopian children?" Rob and I said we could do that but sometimes God sends his people to do his work. Igor said, "Okay..... I know, I could give them some of my money too." Oh Igor, I love your heart......
Last night I was praying for a friend who is considering this trip. She is having some growing pains of her own. SCC's Dive came to mind. The words:
As I walk to the edge I know there is no turning back
Once my feet have left the ledge
And in the rush I hear a voice
That’s telling me it’s time
to take the leap of faith
So here I go
And then I realized, I've already taken the leap of faith by going to Ethiopia the first time.... My feet have left the ledge. I'm already in the water so I need to continue on with God's plan.
So here I go... back to Ethiopia!
I will be there December 2, which is when the Ethiopian judge ruled that Rob and I would be Henry's parents forever.
Matthew 25:40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'