Friday, May 11, 2012

Summit VIII- Part 2

Before I dive in to my belated second post on Summit VIII, I want to point your direction towards the chipin widget over there -------->.     I'm returning to El Salvador with my church July 14-21.  This year I have the honor of leading the team {which now includes my husband!}.  My insides are all aflutter with excitement.  Its getting so close and I CANNOT wait to get back to the country and people who are like family to me!!!!  All that to say, if you would like to help us and our team financially, please consider giving to our trip.  It is with complete humility that I ask this, I know money is tight for so many. I would rejoice over a single dollar.  I hate fundraising, I just do.  I don't like asking for money, but that doesn't really allow others to be a part of a missions trip in lieu of going.  Please know this, if you are able to give, you take part in the mission of sharing God's love.  We will be your feet. The Lord is faithful and uses all of us to support one another. 

Now, on to Summit VIII.
There is a quote that I have been unable to get out of my head:
"At the heart of salvation is a father's love.  It is Son Centered, But Father focused."
I can't remember who said it, I'm so sorry.  It is just so true though. 
Satan wants to do everything in his power to destroy and tarnish the image of fathers, so that God the Father, the giver of salvation, our adoptive Father, will not be found.
As I thought about this, I realized that it is very much the case in the entertainment industry. How many sitcoms or movies can you think of that center around an idiot father. 
*He doesn't know how to care for the children, or want to for that matter.
* He wants to be served  by his wife and children
*Life is about his interests
*He is perceived as weak and dumb
*In movies, fathers abandon their families and go in pursuit of younger women with no children

This is not God the Father.  He is faithful.  He is just, and powerful.  He is to be feared. He is present. Ever present. He is Love.
He adopts.
{and his children will adore and honor him for his love}

“Sometimes we can be faddish about justice issues, where it becomes the ‘in’ thing to do,” said Crawford Loritts, the senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Ga. “We need to see how profoundly, deeply rooted this (orphan care issue) is in the very heart of God. The Gospel is about justice, and justice is rooted in the Gospel. You cannot speak about the Bible without speaking about justice."

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ - Matthew 25

There is more.  So much more. Follow or subscribe because I promise there is more wisdom to report on then will fit into one day.  Y'all  don't want to read a book, so I'll portion it out. :)

In the mean time, there is a little child, who is "the least of these," who has 4 days to be rescued. 4 days to find a mom and dad. 4 days to be rescued from almost literally a hell hole. 4 days until his small remainder of life will be spend in a condition that Nazi's thrust upon so many innocents. Starvation, neglect and abuse. This should not be possible or legal in this day and age. Visit No Greater Joy Mom and help rescue Kristopher.

Because if he isn't rescued, this video shows the kind of place he will spend the rest of his life in.
Please spread the word about Kristopher.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful post, Mari. Aaron and I were just talking about how shows like Everybody Loves Raymond portray fathers so poorly. We need to correct that for the reasons you stated above.

    God bless! Can't wait to serve in El Salvador with you!