I first heard of the May 2014 mission trip to Costa Rica when I was reminded of Pastor Steve’s weekly email trailer to the Faith congregation, that the name of the orphanage our church would be building would be called “House of Hope.” For several years I had been journaling this word– HOPE– in my own life and reaching out to others God placed in my path, to offer the Hope I had too. This would be the “new” name I believe He gave me (Isaiah 62, Revelation 2:17, Revelation 3:12, Isaiah 44:1-5). I felt in my spirit there was a link to this new name of mine, Hope, and the House of Hope: what better way to bring hope to others than to parent less children! Although we would be in the beginning stages of making God’s plan for the orphanage possible, and even though I wouldn’t see the faces of the children yet to be impacted by our small efforts to help prepare the bridge to cross over to the land where it would be, it brought me great joy to work tirelessly and harder than I ever have in my life in a week’s time. The joy I felt on that land was overwhelming! I knew in my spirit this was God’s plan, that I would be back to work on the project again, and believe in my heart I will see it completed. This project is a part of my heart now.
As I was working, I was reminded of the many Scriptures that we are called by His name, He calls us by name, this name that becomes our identity. These children–their greatest desire will be to have a family where their name will change to reflect that adoption, a feeling of being found, belonging, and having a home. And to know we are all orphans in the body of Christ, adopted by an eternal Father (Ephesians 1:5, Romans 8:15, Romans 9:26, Romans 8:23-25).
Even though I may not wipe any of the runny noses, hear the stories firsthand from the children’s mouths, or wipe the tears away of the brokenness they experienced before coming to the House of Hope, I know the work of building the bridge is as much a part of this kind of ministry that will take place. The building of the bridge is a Segway into the land where there will be a hopeful future for children. Glory to God! I believe we will look on all the work it took to accomplish this, and it will resound in our hearts, “The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Ps 118:23).
June 18, 2014