Posted by: macahajo | November 28, 2011

“…opens her arms to the poor…”

When Hannah was born, Mark and I decided that I would stay home with her; this is something that we’ve been committed to ever since. There were moments when I thought about going back to work full-time but then I remembered what we decided for our family so many years ago. It was the right decision and I’ve been blessed to be home with my children.

As we began to pray about serving the Lord in missions overseas, I looked to God’s Word about how I could be involved in missions, as a wife and mother. I went to Proverbs 31 and read about the wife of noble character, who all Christian women can take example from.  I read in verse 20 about how she opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.  The poor and needy are so close to God’s heart. In fact, there are more than 300 verses in the Bible that speak about the poor and social justice and God’s concern for both. God wants to use us, His children, to care for those in need.

Just before He describes the wife of noble character, the Lord tells us in Proverbs 31:9 to “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  The Lord burdened my heart many years ago for the poor and needy and He is calling me to help them;  I am being presented with an amazing opportunity to use the gifts that the Lord has given me to serve in the GlobalFingerprints ministry where the lives of poor, orphaned children can be forever changed because of the positive difference that child sponsorship makes.

We are going to do what He’s called us to in Africa, but my first ministry is still and will always be to my family- my highest calling. Several years ago, I read Feminine Appeal, by Carolyn Mahaney for the first time. In Carolyn’s book, she digs into Titus 2: 4-5 which says, “Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”  This book, and specifically these verses, had a great influence in my life.  I appreciate the way Carolyn sticks to God’s Word as she addresses what women, wives, and mothers are called to and how we are to live that out in our lives.  I have often gone back to this book for insights and reminders as to what my priorities need to be and to make sure they are in line with God’s Word.

As we explored the possibility of serving in this ministry, we asked about the amount of time each week that it would require from me. We were told whatever I can give to it. And we were told that when we move to Africa, one of our priorities would be on getting our family, specifically our children, adjusted and settled into life in Africa.  I am thankful for this ReachGlobal leadership that recognizes the importance of taking care of our family and giving me the freedom to give the time that I am able, to this work.

My commitment has been and will continue to be on helping my husband and taking care of our children. It will look different in Africa, but a lot of things will be different when we go to live there! And I just need to keep my priorities where God wants them to be, for His glory.

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