And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'
Matthew 25:40 NLT
Mike and I just came back from spending time at Trek's orphanage. It's hard to put into words what we just experienced. This is why James 1:27 tell us (commands us) to go visit the orphan. Until you have gone and spent time in an orphanage it's just hard to really 'get' the need. I will do my best to try to communicate what we believe the Lord is putting on our hearts, just keep in mind that I'm a pretty simple gal and not very articulate.
Simply put....the orphanage is desperate need of basic items, people to come and show them love, spend time with them and most importantly share the love of Jesus! They don't have any faith in anything, anyone because they don't know who to trust. Of course we know it's Jesus, but you just can't walk into a place/situation like this and just tell them how great Jesus is and how much He loves them and expect them to believe. Actions speak volumes!! We are to be His hands and feet.
The Sunday before we came here we had our church pray about our trip, our son and his visa and also put it out there that if anyone wanted to send money with us we would make sure we bought food that the children needed. So out of a church of about 1200 we had 6 people who gave a total of 300.00 for food. We are so thankful for the 300, but now that we have had a chance to visit and can really see the need for ourselves, we see that they are also in desperate need of practical things as well. For instance in the babies room there are about 10 - 12 little ones and they only have about 5 blankets. Last night it was pretty cold and a window is broken and they had to pile the kids together and try to keep them all warm under just a few blankets. All the little kids have colds and runny noses and no tissues. They have run out of fuel to cook rice/food for the children and will have to wait until someone sends money until they can buy more. The need is HUGE! Mike and I have some money we can use of our own along with the 300, but we just want to put it out there that we will be here for two more weeks and IF anyone feels led to help we have set up another 'Chip In' and whatever is donated we will use to buy items/food and help as much as we can....doing it all in the name of Jesus!
We truly believe the Lord is opening a door to share His love with them. What better way could there be to begin building trust then to help in their time of need...."Doing it to the least of these....which is doing it to the Lord."
We are here now and have been given an open door and have a liberty to act on this need.
There are about 50 to 60 children residing in the orphanage and the age range is 1 year to 17.
Blessings from Nepal!