Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hands, Feet, Heart

People often ask us why we would choose give everything up and move across the world to a little heard of country in West Africa. It certainly will be challenging...we will have to sell all of our possessions, leave the comforts we have grown accustomed to, no longer have instant access to family and friends. Some may think of it as "weird". I started reading a book called Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working. The author stesses in the book that the things that Jesus taught were pretty weird. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.  Jesus was the best kind of weird.

We want to be the hands and feet of Christ. We want to have His heart. We want to love people so much that when they look at us they can see Christ in us. We want to be Jesus, narrow path weird.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  --Matthew 7:13-14

And that brings us to Burkina Faso. God placed a love in our hearts for the people of this country and we feel incredibly blessed that He would use us to minister there. The need is great and God is at work.

Babies at the orphanage in Yako, Burkina Faso
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  --James 1:27

Love and Blessings!