In what areas do we try to make a difference? A handful of things quickly come to mind:
Most Christians would include making a difference in the lives of others. How many ways can we do that?
The $1.30 Difference
Making a significant difference in someone’s life may often seem out of reach. But that doesn’t mean we are exempt from trying. ROW has consistently gone to people groups around the world and asked some version of this question:
What is the most challenging thing about living here?
We have listened for answers. And people are usually willing to share their difficulties. Then we ask another important question: How can we help you solve this problem?
Much of the work our mission volunteers do is rooted in these two questions. In short, our mission teams do what we can to make a difference in the lives of others. And we do it for the sake of the Gospel. That is what Jesus calls Christians to do. So simply put, that’s who we are. And YOU are a vital part of that work.
We already know every person may not be able to be an on-site mission volunteer. The expense is beyond some. Others cannot travel for health reasons. But an opportunity now exists that just about everyone can afford. The $1.30/day expense is identifiable. The difference it can make is almost beyond measure.
Identifying The Difference
Much work has gone into creating a new opportunity for us to make a difference in the lives of others. This opportunity is the difference between:
- Intentional Spiritual Development – A severe lack of spiritual instruction
- Education – Little or no formal education
- Safety – Living on the streets
- Loving Relationships – Abuse on the streets
- Being Fed – Daily hunger
- Hope For A Productive Future – Little hope for a future
- Contributing to the Gospel and Society – Doing neither of these things
Yes, this opportunity is about orphans in Barahona. ROW is about to bring the mechanisms online to allow monthly support for individual orphans. The “huge’ sum of $39.00 is the recommended amount. And that $1.30/day has the potential to make all the differences I mentioned above. But there’s more!
Legally, the orphanage cannot take in a new boy until they have the funds on hand to support him. That includes clothes, food, books, health care, etc. So this new monthly support program will stabilize the current orphanage operations AND set the stage for future growth. The capacity of the orphanage is 108 boys. I would love to see it full. With your help, we can see that happen. And I have one more thing to share.
Leading By Example
I am not asking others to do something I will not do. The Burnett family will be signing up to support an orphan. Will you join us?
This post is the “heads up” notice! I’ll let you know when and how you can sign up to make a huge difference in the life of an orphan. And don’t forget, the difference we make will last a lifetime. How can one measure that difference? I can’t, but God can! Think about it…Pray about it.
Soli Deo Gloria!