In a land across the ocean there’s a small town nestled among farms and fields. It has the look of many other towns and villages just like it dotted across the countryside. Carts being led by cows meander down the lane. People go about their lives of work and play. This place is seemingly insignificant, nothing special to look at upon first glance- yet this town holds our hearts.
You see in this town there is a wall with a gate. Behind that gate our hearts are held hostage. They have been captured by a group of boys who most people don’t even know exist. “Our Boys”. I know we have no claim to them, no right to call them “Our Boys”, but in our hearts they are that. They are our loved ones, our calling, our dream.
One day in 2010 God caught our attention and we learned about The Boys. Since that first moment they have held our hearts. We have prayed for them, we have wept for them, we have pleaded to God for them. Last April we got to touch them, look into their eyes, and whisper prayers over them. I still can’t even believe God did that. It seems like a dream. I would give just about anything to be back in that place right this very minute. Somehow we know God has called us there. We have no idea what God has in store for us and them…but that place, those boys…He’s drawing us, coaxing us, keeping our hearts soft toward them, leading us there in His simple way that says “You’ll know my plans when you need to know. Just trust Me.”
Today there is heartache for our dear, sweet Boys we love so very much.
Today we learned that Sasha, one of the Boys, passed away into the arms of Jesus.
I can’t stop crying. You see, Sasha had a family who loved him very much. He was lost no longer! They were working as fast as possible to complete his adoption. They had just found out last week that they would get to travel to rescue their baby boy in just 5 weeks. Oh the celebration! Oh the anticipation! Oh the devastation.
Sweet Sasha, who they were going to name Jonathan, would never have the joy of a family here on earth. Please keep his loving family in your prayers. They are so grieved, yet trusting God. Their faith is so inspiring.Sasha was eight years old and had Down Syndrome. He was not mobile and most likely spent his life in a crib. Now He is with Jesus- no more pain, no more tears, no more suffering.
Now we are the ones with tears.
I know we‘ve said many times, but it still holds true;
”Do the next thing. Say yes to Jesus. Live a life of yes.”
These children need us to act. These children need us to not turn away because the need is too great. These children need us to look past ourideas of what our lives would look like and be willing to veer left. These children need us to be the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth. If not us, who? If not now, when?
These children need us to live lives of yes.
Not lives of waiting until all the circumstances are just right.
Not lives lived in fear of the unknown.
Not lives spent building our own kingdoms.
If we are listening to Jesus and saying yes to Him, the circumstances are right- even if they don’t look it with our human eyes. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8
If we are trusting Jesus and saying yes to Him, He gives us peace when we are fearful. He gives us boldness to step out into the unknown and even joy in the journey. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
If we are saying yes to Jesus we are interested in building His kingdom, not our own. “May your kingdom come. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
“…not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42
I don’t want to be harsh. I hope and pray I don’t sound condemning, I just have to speak out. These children need a voice and because I know them and love them, I simply must speak for them.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
That verse is not just for you and me. That verse is not just for the able-bodied. God has purpose and plans for all people. He has a hope and a future for all people.
We recognize that orphans with special needs are our “yes”, so we’re going to be pretty outspoken about their need. But the bigger point of all of this is that each of us say yes to whatever it is God is asking of us. If it‘s not this issue- then find your issue and go do something about it. Act. Say yes. Don’t hold back. Live life to the fullest for Him. Your life, and the lives of others depend on it.