[Pour yourself a cup of coffee, friend. If you choose to watch each of the short videos, today’s post might take a little longer than normal, but believe me … you will be changed. I was. No time for videos? Fine, skip them and just read the text. It’s okay, but you’ll never know what you’re missing.]
3 Weeks + 2 Days = 23 Days.
We. Leave. For. NEPAL. with Tiny Hands International in TWENTY-THREE days!!!
I can hardly breathe when I think of it.
How does it happen – this interception of one’s heart, such that once God wraps His fingers around your heart and captures it for His Kingdom purposes nothing is ever the same?
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How does such an interception occur? Is it when we stand in a service, arms raised, singing for an audience of One and REALLY meaning every word of the lyrics …
“Set me apart, I know You’re calling me to yourself. Lead me, Lord, I pray. Take me and mold me, use me, fill me. I give myself to the Potter’s hand.”
… or is it in the quiet of a sleepless night, when you pour out your heart to the Father and you promise to say “yes” to whatever He asks of you.
…or is it when He places you in the middle of circumstances that so break your heart that you can’t look away. You can’t un-see what’s been seen. You can’t un-hear what’s been heard. You can’t un-feel what’s been felt. So you incline your heart toward Kingdom things and you allow it to be broken for the things that break God’s heart.
I recently had the privilege of seeing this short video from a series of videos called “My Beautiful Woman.” This is based on a true story and was shot in Thailand. Near the end you will see the exact moment that the woman’s heart was intercepted – the moment she said “yes” and surrendered to the truth that nothing would ever be the same again.
Jesus tells us that whatever we do for “the least of these,” we do for him. It is the goal of Tiny Hands to find “the least of these” –those in the most desperate situations–and help them. This is why they give particular emphasis to Human Trafficking–because they believe it is the greatest injustice in the world. Likewise, they focus on orphans and abandoned children or those living on the street. These little ones have no one to turn to, and their lives are threatened by many forces (pimps, traffickers, drug addiction, HIV) and will surely be overtaken if no one intercedes to help them. By deliberately focusing on the most vulnerable and oppressed people, they believe they are obeying Jesus and making a greater difference in people’s lives. I would agree.
Here’s the deal … 10 years ago – maybe even 5 years ago, we might have legitimately been able to suggest that we’d never heard of human trafficking. We can no longer use ignorance as our excuse for doing nothing. Janet Parshall wrote in Buyer Beware, “As believers, we are set free from ignorance. God’s love and grace opens not only our hearts but our minds to see more clearly His Truth and how it applies to everything around us. There is no ambiguity in the Word of God that He and He alone is the author of all life” (page 91).
Will you do something to help those who need it most?
Let me rephrase that last question, and please hear me saying this with the gentlest of voices … Will you allow your heart to be intercepted for those who need it most?
William Booth is the British Methodist preacher who founded the Salvation Army. Hear his challenge …
“Not called?” did you say? “Not heard the call,” I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face–whose mercy you have professed to obey–and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.*
*From The General’s Letter 1885 by William Booth (London: Salvation Army, 1990), 4.