Grapefruit, and Love, for Orphans

When I landed on Mozambique soil for the month of August, I was excited to see how God would use me. As a nursing student I figured many of those ways would be in the area of my studies. But as the days went on… I realized God was using me in more ways than just nursing. Yesterday I had the privilege of travelling into the bush with other missionaries to seek out the homes of orphans. We brought them grapefruits, notebooks, pencils and pens.

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As you pull a single round grapefruit from the burlap sack, kneel down and look into their eyes… these beautiful children with a shy smile, two small claps of gratitude while whispering “brigada” or “brigado” …take their next meal from your hands.

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I can’t describe the overwhelming emotions that consume your whole being when you personally hand food into the hands of a child that needs it. James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” I realized in that moment that God was solely using US to do His work. The work in which His heart lies. It is an honour to serve HIS kingdom. He commands us to go and we come with a willingness to serve and to share the name of Jesus Christ. In that serving, in God’s goodness and His grace… He serves us; pouring into us as disciples more and more, over and over again.

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