I've often asked myself and wrestled with the question, "As a young single woman how can I practically fulfill God's call for all Christians to put "hands and feet" to their faith and love for their Lord?" You may be asking yourself the same thing.
For many of us, God hasn't called us to mission fields abroad, but he has called each and every one of us to serve those in need.
I've currently been reading through a book called "Sacred Singleness" by Leslie Ludy (I reviewed it here on my "Book & Movie Review" page on this site) and at the end of the book she talks about practical ways to minister to those who are in need. God used this chapter to speak to my heart and show me ways, however small, that I could love in "deed and in truth."
For me, this started with visiting each of the sites that Leslie Ludy mentions in her book. They are:
Through these sites you can learn further ways to help those in need whether it be financial giving, shoe drives, or even going on a construction, medical or simple outreach trip to interact with orphaned and needy children and show them the love of Christ.
(These are all sites that Leslie includes in her chapter "Getting Started Changing The World" in the book "Sacred Singleness"). The sites that organize frequent trips to orphanages around the world are:
Another amazing opportunity is a child advocacy ministry called Compassion International. (To visit their site go to: compassion.com).
With Compassion International you have a unique opportunity to sponsor a child through giving money providing them with opportunities they may not have otherwise. It also means you are able to have a personal relationship with them through letters and even having an opportunity to visit them and their family in their country.
My family sponsors a little boy from India and a little girl from Peru. I've been able to forge a special relationship with this little girl through letters. I've had the opportunity in my letters to share scripture and let her know she is cared for, prayed for and loved by my family here in the United States.
Leslie mentions in her book even using prayer as a way you can show love. Leslie's section on this says it so well that I'm going to post it here:
Here is a practical prayer suggestion from Family Life Today's orphan ministry:
"There are countless numbers of "waiting children" around the world and in our own country; kids who are up for adoption, hoping and praying for a forever-family. Pray for waiting kids whenever you are "waiting." Go online to find a waiting child listing. A few of these listings include: www.adoptuskids.org; www.rainbowkids.com; www.precious.org. Print out a picture and description of a waiting child and tape it to your dashboard. Every time you find yourself waiting--in traffic, at a stoplight, in the drive-thru--pray for this child. Plead with the Father on their behalf. Organize an evening prayer vigil on behalf of the orphan and waiting child. Invite other churches to join you as well. You can pray for children all over the world or you can ask your local foster care office for pictures and names of waiting children in your city to pray for. (You can also get these online.)"
God uses the smallest deeds to further His kingdom. As Leslie says so well in her book, "As you read through the practical ideas offered in this chapter, I would encourage you to pray that God's spirit would be your guide. Ask Him to stir your heart toward a specific cause. Ask Him to clarify how He might want to use your life to build His kingdom. Ask Him to give you courage to take the first step forward."
So whether or not God does have a future for you ministering abroad, ministering in your own home town, or using ministry in a way you never imagined, these are some practical ways you can take the first step forward to fulfilling His call in our lives to show love to the least.
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