For years as a believer growing up my home church I would listen to missionaries come in and hammer believers for their lack of involvement for the souls of men. It seemed almost anger coming from their spirit so Sandy and I vowed to never bash God's people or beg people to give. I honestly have been tempted or should I say frustrated and now understand where these folks were coming from yet we choose not to hurt God's people in any condemning manner. So after I read Dave Ohlerking entry into his blog and felt the pain and heart break for hurting people, I just had to copy and paste this blog entry for you to get a feel of what we see and endure and sometimes get so frustrated with coming from a land of abundance to these worlds of pain and destruction. We too understand the destructive forces of war and pedophile predators in Sri Lanka… we have a dream to rescue these victims, we dream of giving hopeless people the good news of the gospel, a place to worship our Lord freely…with heavy and heart and deep sighing we trust Jesus to move as it says in II Cor 6:2 NLT "at just the right time"…
Take a moment and read his words carefully I beg, then pray and ask the Lord where you are in this kingdom army. Do you pray? Do you give? Do you Go?
CC works in these nations Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Vietnam focusing on AIDS victims and orphan children… we know the Lord wants to expand CC into all of Africa. Dave has put into words some of the feelings we carry with us ministering in these nations. The Cup's heart is to see a blood washed clean continent! We beg you Lord Jesus to move…
January 15th, 2008 by Dave Ohlerking
A buoyant great joy and an unspeakable sorrow both sweep through my soul as I remember 2007.
Children's Cup grew to double the number of CarePoints and the number of children we care for (about 7000 now) whose lives we have seen Jesus change.
But how quickly other scenes ambush my heart as I look at the ones still waiting for our help.
I can tell you how it feels to watch a sobbing child's body shut down with AIDS.
I have heard dying mothers plead for someone to care for the children she will leave behind.
I have watched orphaned children—in one case a 6 year-old girl—become the sole protector and breadwinner for her younger siblings.
I know of dozens of unwanted and unnamed toddlers who were handed off to village men to be sold for sex. If the children wanted even a morsel of food they would have to do whatever the man wanted.
I can tell you the problem is growing faster than we have the funds to respond.
I can tell you that the twin destroyers named AIDS and Hunger are measuring and defining the church—the Body of Christ—as they gallop in unrestrained apocalypse destroying families and nations.
But I cannot tell you why or how so many of my fellow believers who call upon the name of Jesus for their own needs refuse to respond to the needs of a dying generation.
What can be said or done in 2008 to reach past indifference and ignite the hearts of God's church?
Children's Cup website… www.childrenscup.org