It was by faith, that Abraham responded to God’s call in Genesis, to leave everything behind and go to a land where God would show him. He had no idea where he would end up, or what things would look like, but Abraham knew the Lord would take care of them. “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).
It was by faith, that Joshua, responded to God’s call and rose to the occasion to take the place of Moses. Joshua was to become the leader of the Israelites and bring them into the Promise Land. Although the situation looked scary and there were a lot of unknowns, Joshua was at peace with the one thing he DID know...
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh 1:9).
It was by faith that Esther, went before the king, to speak on behalf of her people. Knowing that she was risking her life, even though she was the queen, Esther answered the call. Indeed, all those years, Esther had been prepared, for such a time as this.
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14)?
The bible is full of men and women, who trusted their God enough to take steps of faith, and watch Him work in a powerful way. Sometimes when we read their stories, we think that they were super “humans” or something, that had no problem doing anything. That couldn’t be further from the truth. They were just humans, fragile, emotional, sinful, scared, selfish, disobedient, etc. However, they loved the Lord their God, and as a result, God worked mightily through them.
If we believe this verse to be true, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Heb 13:8) then God wants to continue to use people like you and I. He will continue to ask His children to take steps of faith, trusting Him with their lives, family and plans. This is what will motivate us to get up everyday, knowing that it is a new day that God has blessed us with...and has great plans in store for us.
The power is turned on, our paperwork is approved and the orphanage is live-able. Many of you are probably asking the question, as I have been, “so what happens now?” All of me wants to believe that God will fulfill his word, and fill that orphanage with children. I DO believe that, more then ever before. I just don’t know when that will happen, how that will happen or what it will look like?
I wish I could give the answers to your questions, that you might be having, just as Abraham probably wanted to tell his family, where they were going. But, what I can tell you is that we are praying and trusting the Lord more then ever before. Now is the time, to watch and see what He does. If there is ever a time where we could use your all of your prayers, it is now.
We need wisdom, beyond our years...because the time has come, although it once seemed so far away. We need to know how to best love, care for, minister, train and raise these children in the ways of the Lord. From the moment the first child enters Casa de Bendicion, we want their life to be forever changed.
Please be praying for this Saturday, as we take a trip to another town, Cuahtemoc to visit two orphanages. One of them in particular, we are REALLY praying about. There is a woman who has dedicated her life to caring for children who need help. Unfortunately, she is only able to handle them until the age of 12. After that, they are released from the home. I don’t know WHERE they have been going, once they leave the home, but I do know where I’m praying they WILL start going...Casa de Bendicion. We are going with a couple from the church, who have supported one of the girls, who is nearing the “age out” age. We will also be visiting another orphanage, to glean and learn from a couple who has been ministering there for years and year.
All this of course is our prayerful “plan” but we are praying more, for the Lord to direct the steps. Who knows what He has in store for us on Saturday, or even tomorrow, but I can’t wait to find out and share with you all!
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen" (Jude 24-25).