The need to serve and help children grows more urgent with each passing day. Soon Christ Jesus will rapture His church and there will be no more need to help abused and abandoned children, for all children of God will be safe in Heaven. But before that great day of our Lord, evil shall continually wax worse and worse.
Who would have ever imagined the assaults we publicly see on children with society accepting these abuses as natural? Some recent child abuse reports that have occurred with so few standing in the gap for righteousness are: Recent new laws allow babies to be murdered right up before birth; The Governor of Virginia and other Senators publicly support allowing doctors to kill newborn babies after birth; Homosexuality is being taught in many public schools; Many parents and doctors are denying the sex of babies and labeling them as born "gender free"; an 11-year-old boy was permitted to sensually dance before half-naked men at a gay bar; a 10-year-old boy was photographed with a naked man for a magazine, and the list goes on.
The devil knows his days are numbered; they are quickly counting down. Each new day is one day closer to his approaching doom, and evil is being unleashed publicly as never before. The worst thing is that so many Christians are sitting down doing nothing about these assaults. Although the Bible makes known that evil will reveal itself in worsening ways, this does not give us Christians an excuse to do and say nothing. On the contrary! We are to fight the good fight. The Bible calls Christians soldiers. We soldiers are to be engaged in the battles. God commands us in 2 Timothy 2:3-5 to be good soldiers. Sadly, many Christians are not good soldiers. They are not serving God in the lives of people. They are entangled with the affairs of this life. They are consumed with their own lusts instead of zealously getting involved in the ministry of Jesus Christ to help others and deter wickedness.
Nevertheless, we at Orphan Frontier take great comfort in the promises of God. Where evil abounds, grace does much more abound. And we certainly see the grace of God in our ministry. God calls people to get involved; and we are so deeply appreciative of those individuals who partner with us. We certainly cannot do our work without our supporters who have been so generous and faithful. The need is great, and the time is urgent. To our supporters, we truly thank you for your prayers, donations, and dedication to serving and helping needy children.
This previous autumn you may recall that Mr. Bowman had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines to serve various orphanages. We wanted to give you a quick update about one small item. Before leaving the Philippines, Mr. Bowman was able to use your financial donations to purchase a large, sturdy washing machine for one of the orphanages. We are happy to say that the washing machine finally was delivered to the children's home before Christmas. We are sure that the house mother is very happy to now be using a large washing machine to wash so many clothes rather than having to do it the slow, painstaking way. Thank you!
God sometimes will impress upon you and me a need to get involved in things that we do not know how to do. It is our responsibility to follow Him in obedience and watch Him put together all the details. For example, at the beginning of this past December, God pressed upon Mr. Bowman's heart that we should help a local family in need for Christmas. So we began to pray for God's guidance. We put the word out in the community about our plans, and soon many names of families came before our desk. However, we prayerfully felt that none of the names set before us were the ones whom we were to suppose to help. So we continued to pray and asked God to reveal who He wanted us to help.
Then a week before Christmas, we learned of another family. As we prayed, God gave us His peace. Mr. Bowman and a friend scheduled a time to go and meet the family. God's leading was perfect. The family whom we got to minister to is a devout Muslim family. We learned that the man and his wife previously have taken part in various Bible studies, and the wife clearly wants to be assured that Jesus Christ really is God, as the Bible states. Not only did we get to provide this couple with a bunch of Christmas gifts, two car seats, and two booster seats for the many children, we also have had opportunities on a number of occasions to sit down and testify to the family members from the Scriptures that Jesus is the true and living God. They have heard and have seen with their own eyes through us that Jesus loves them very much. I'm afraid that most American Christians do not understand what that first step means for Muslims--to forsake religion and rest in the salvation of Jesus is a serious courageous step. So whether you understand or not, please keep this family in prayer that they will turn their eyes upon Jesus and place all their confidence in Him.
All of Orphan Frontier's endeavors to help needy children are inspired from God's heartbeat to see children and families come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. We are not simply a humanitarian charity; we are first a spiritual ministry with a focus on giving relief to needy children so that they can know God, enjoy God, and be all that God wills for them to be in this life.
We have been praying for a long time about how we can serve more of our own local children and help reach families for Christ here in Columbus. There are several neighborhoods here where many abuses upon children are common daily occurrences. Although the media speaks little about these troubles, the reality is that many kids are growing up without a father and with a mother who is waywardly involved in illicit activities.
We want to be as 1 John 3:18: "...let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." We desire to verbally declare as well as demonstrate Jesus Christ. We seek to share Christ in ways that might establish in the hearts of needy families that Christ cares for them and offers safety.
One new opportunity that has arisen for us to get involved with local needy children is to give them and their families a wonderful birthday. Imagine how you would feel as a child if your birthday were soon approaching and there wasn't going to be any celebration: No presents, no cake, not even a cute card. Sadly, many children in our community do not get to celebrate their birthdays. Families all around us are going through unforeseen circumstances caused by violence, medical illness, unemployment, and other emergencies. We want to bring a little relief so that for one day children and their loved ones can enjoy celebrating and making wonderful birthday memories in a Christian environment.
Bible Baptist Church here in the Columbus area has agreed to allow us to use their fellowship hall for these "Birthdays For Kids" celebrations. This will give Orphan Frontier the opportunity to serve needy families and introduce them to a loving church. Please keep us in prayer as we seek to reach out in a new way locally while continuing to help needy kids all around the world. You can visit our website at OrphanFrontier.org/birthday to learn more about "Birthdays For Kids."
If you ever want to know more about what we do or have an interest to help, please feel free to reach out to us anytime. Thank you!