today i got to write some lessons that will be on their way to jeremie, haiti this friday.
lest you think this has not been thought out or enough prep time… i want you to know we have been strategically planning the lessons we want them to have for months.
we identified the most important truths of the Bible… the things we most want them to embrace and understand… and guess what, it’s not NOAH, JONAH, MOSES…
don’t misunderstand me… those are crucial stories, and they do come up from time to time, but we wanted to make sure they have a complete framework.
we have a list of them.
1 – We are Family. we wanted them to understand that they are part of God’s family the minute they answer his knocking. they are full heirs. we also wanted them to understand that we consider them part of our long hollow family.
2. next was THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY. we walked through the Roman Road and the path to understanding our place in Christ and what he did to preserve our place in heaven.
3.Name Above all Names. This lesson happened during the Christmas season so they learned the Christmas story and the significance of some of the names of God, as they related to that story. They received many different gifts, each with a spiritual application.
4.I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. We explored Psalm 139 and celebrated how much God loves us and made us unique. We explained that he knows everything about them… even if they don’t know their birthdate or their history is cloudy… it’s not a mystery to God. He knows everything and He loves them.
So… this cover is for the next lesson in the series. This time we are focusing on love. It appears that, like all humans, our orphans struggle with loving one another. We want to help them understand that Christ-followers are expected to love others because of his great love for us. We can only share his story and the salvation he offers if we have love for people. If someone doesn’t trust you… they won’t trust your Jesus.
I hope you will pray for the team for the next week…
think about this for a second: anyone that wants to question the existence of God need only consider that there are orphans that now have a home, meals and are learning about this God that loves them. He preserved them and they have been given access to all that his Kingdom has to offer. They were hopeless and abandoned… and now they have hope, they have people caring for them, and they have us praying for them.
weren’t we all just the same? weren’t we, too, orphans before we accepted his legacy of eternity?