Monday, February 23, 2009

Rags to Riches

Rags to Riches is the only way I can describe what I am feeling right now. My heart is overflowing with incredible joy for these precious kids. One year ago, these very children were homeless, most would have found themselves in the atrocities of human sex slavery. all of them were orphans in Thailand. Everyone of them were from the hill tribes in Thailand. They were the lowest of lowest, even in their own country. But that would dramatically change on one Sunday morning at Grace Community Church. Let me explain...
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. These smiles are priceless, now this is the church being the church!
As I stood before my church on a Sunday, without any prior knowledge on their part, I asked what are we going to do about the atrocities in our world? I screamed from the bottom of my heart, this phrase," We gotta do something about it." Well we did, and in one morning, my Church made a lifelong commitment to build two orphanages, and rescue kids in Cambodia and Thailand. It was a moment I will never forget, as Gracies stepped forward writing checks, dropping cash, making pledges to rescue orphans. After it was all over, they promised to build two GCC orphanages in Asia, roughly $50,000.00 a year.
Just yesterday, we were able to purchase a new swing set for our kids in Thailand. And needless to say they enjoyed it.
A team from Grace just got back last week, from a missions trip with our kids, and while they were there, they purchased them princess outfits. Now this is a real, rag to riches story. I can't help but think, that God is beaming in Heaven, as I am, and saying now that is pure and faultless religion! Great job Grace Community, this is pure discipleship!


Kathy Snyder said...

That is SO awesome!!!! Here I sit crying like a baby again but it is so awesome to see them with their swingset! Thanks

Andy Jewett said...

It was a tough weekend if you were trying to look like a tough guy. What an amazing picture of grace.

jim said...

I know it was incredible!