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Better Together
by Mike Douris
Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2020
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4-5 




The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing was July 20, 2019. I was a young 17-year-old back in 1969, glued to our black-and-white 15 inch RCA TV, adjusting the rabbit ears to get the best possible picture.  What a moment when Neil Armstrong’s foot touched the surface of the moon and said those iconic words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Most everyone marveled at Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they walked on the surface of the moon.  But the lunar landing was actually the achievement of approximately 400,000 scientists, engineers, computer experts, physicists, chemists, and mechanics.  That’s not to mention all the brilliant minds who had gone before to pave the way for those who used their work to accomplish this feat.

I think that walk on the moon serves as a great illustration of how the church was designed by God to accomplish His will right here on Earth. He gave unique gifts to each believer to work in tandem with the whole body in unison for the purpose of glorifying Him through the spreading of the Gospel.  As a ministry of the church, Orphan Outreach is truly effective when believers use their unique gifts to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.  It takes the talents of board members, staff, social workers, teachers, psychologists, physicians, partners, volunteers and donors who have a wide array of gifts such as administration, mercy, giving, teaching, evangelism, encouragement, and many more.  Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God, not a result of work, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

God calls us not only to salvation, but also to good works.  Not done in a vacuum, but with others He calls to work alongside us. Together, we get to accomplish His will for His glory. When you serve with Orphan Outreach on a mission trip or say "yes" to sponsorship, being part of our prayer team, or being a James 127 Advocate, you are joining hands with all who have come before and all who are working tirelessly to benefit the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. 

Together, we truly can restore hope to orphaned and vulnerable children.

Now, here are some questions I'd love for you to consider:

And you think about what it means to serve orphaned and vulnerable children, what message would you personally want to tell the world?

Who might you encourage today to get involved in serving the vulnerable? What would be the first thing you'd encourage that person to do?

 


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