**Disclaimer: I wrote this article to encourage the Church to obey God even in the midst of fear and uncertainty. I used my own fears involved in our upcoming adoption as an example. Unfortunately, about a month after I wrote this, our daughter passed away before we could complete her adoption. Having my fears become my reality hasn’t changed my belief in this truth. Now, more than ever, I affirm that, despite our fears, we can trust and obey God.
My husband and I want to be the kind of kingdom people who always say “yes” to the Lord. Sometimes that “yes” is given easily and other times, when we’re afraid, that one little word feels like a declaration of war – a war against our own flesh.
Our flesh was content to acknowledge God’s concern for vulnerable people from afar. We were afraid of leaning in, of involving ourselves, because of the risk to our personal status quo. But God was calling us to go all in.
He began stirring our hearts for the spiritual and physical plight of the vulnerable. He sent us to Africa with 127 Worldwide, a mercy ministry of our local church, Imago Dei, in North Carolina, and exposed us to the global orphan crisis. No longer content with our indifference towards orphans, we prayed about how we would image our heavenly father’s heart for the fatherless.