From the heart of our staff member, Jennifer Knapp:

I’m reading this book right now that’s destroying me . . . in a good way! It’s one of those books you come across where you’d rather skip house chores, lunch dates, work, and even kid-time than not be able to turn another page.  Many of the thoughts are not “new” for me, but they are expressed in a way that is further opening my eyes.  I imagine that all of us in the adoption/orphan care world, understand in a deep way God’s heart for the least of these:  the forgotten, neglected, abandoned, marginalized, and orphaned.  And I imagine that most of us have been moved in ways to take action on behalf of children who were adopted {our own and others} because our charge is to both proclaim and embody the gospel so that others can see, hear, and feel God’s love in tangible ways.
 
The Hole In Our Gospel, {the book I can’t put down} is the story of a corporate CEO, Richard Stearns, who set aside worldly success for something far more significant, and discovered the full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to change his own life.  Stearns was pursued to become the President of World Vision, U.S. for months on end.  Stearns didn’t believe that he was the man for the job, until God broke his heart in a new way: “What if there are children who will suffer somehow because I failed to obey God?  What if my cowardice costs even one child somewhere in the world his or her life?
 
As soon as I read this quote, I immediately thought of the miracle many of us have had the privilege of participating in over the past couple weeks for Village of HOPE  {you can read about it here}.  I am in awe over the true miracle that God has been doing and will be able to do through the hands and feet of the Block and Twietmeyer Families.  And then I thought about how it’s hard to see what God wants to show us in our own lives when we read or hear about crazy matching grant stories that bring in almost $75,000 in less than two weeks to help keep moms and children together in Guatemala.  It’s easy to get caught up in watching what God is doing or where God is moving and lose sight of the bigger picture.  It’s easy  to say “WOW . . . this is unreal . . . praise God” and then move on.  But what if God answers and moves in these crazy ways . . . not JUST for the sake of the poor, but perhaps also to teach us again that this is what he expects of us!  Throughout all of scripture you can read about God’s heart for both the poor and the marginalized.  Perhaps God is trying to show us what he expects of us too!
 
If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.”  Isaiah 58
 
If I am to become even more like Christ, I must continue to watch God work in the awe-inspiring ways like he has for Village of HOPE, and then I need to re-examine my life and the life of my family and keep asking “how else can we spend ourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed SO THAT your light will rise in this dark world and bring heaven to earth.”  More more can we do?
 
I will leave you with this version of Matthew 25 from Richard E. Stearns:
 
“For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved.”

Will you join my family and me in finishing the blessing of TWO homes at Village of Hope so more children and families can be blessed?  You can donate to the Village of Hope Building Fund hereJust $28,000 to go and we are truly HOME.