Yesterday I had the extreme privilege of spending the day with eight precious girls from China. As a social worker with Lifeline, this was not the first time I have served at Kids Camp, but this year was different.
This year, the church that I attend decided to take on a day of Kids Camp. This might not sound like a big thing to you, but to our church, this was huge.
Our church is a newer church plant. We launched about 4 years ago with a small launch team and a vision to reach the un-churched and under-churched in the city of Huntsville, Alabama. Today, we run around 120 people on a Sunday morning and the Lord is doing amazing things. Around a year or two ago, our church really caught the vision of orphan care after watching one of our leadership families walk through domestic adoption.
When one of our members heard about Kids Camp, she immediately felt that we should get involved. Even though we have limited resources and limited people, our church responded in an amazing way! The church members saw it as a way to be involved in overseas mission work without leaving the Huntsville city limits! With taking on a day, my church provided all three meals, games, crafts, music, and a bible story for that day and spent the evening at a local farm with the girls.
At various points in the day I would step away and just observe the scene around me… I watched our people love on these eight girls and give so sacrificially of their time; many of them taking off work to spend their day with eight precious souls from across the world. I watched kids from our church push the girls on the swings, or blow bubbles with them, and I saw how the innocence of childhood tore down language barriers.
On my way home, I thought about our church… we are small.
We don’t have a ton of resources or an “orphan care budget”…but what we do have is people who get the heart behind James 1:27. This verse is not just a call to a few of us. This is not just a call to adoption.
It is a call for EVERYONE to get engaged in caring for the orphan and the widow in their affliction.
You don’t have to be a huge megachurch to get involved in orphan care. All it takes is the Lord to stir the hearts of His people and anything is possible. We are already looking forward to next year and how we can be even more involved. I am so thankful for Lifeline and for the opportunity that they give not only me on a daily basis with my job, but that they give the local church a way to do orphan care in their own backyard!