Having a true heart of compassion
Have you ever felt stretched? Your calendar is full. You hear about a need or a story that touches you. The tender tug on your heart nudges you to get more involved, yet you push it away with excuses. Perfectly good excuses. I’m already involved. I already give. I don’t have any more time to spare. Someone else can help.
Having a true heart of compassion means we are obedient when God asks us to stretch ourselves. When God calls us to be the “someone else” or do the “something else” to meet the needs of hurting children, He will rearrange our calendars and multiply our time.
Shining a Light
I’m thankful God has allowed me to get more involved in the ministries of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) by also serving on The Porch Light Advisory Council. The Porch Light is FBCH’s “safe home” and prevention program for child victims of sex trafficking (as well as for those at-risk of becoming victims). The safe home provides a safe environment where girls can begin a new life with the help of professional counselors and trained staff to meet their emotional, physical and spiritual needs. A place where these girls can come and find restoration and unconditional love, something many of them have never experienced.
This year, as I served on the council, I was amazed as I watched God turn our 3rd annual Shine a Light events into something bigger than we could have ever imagined.
Events like our 5K run, with 350 registered runners and walkers, and a family festival with everything from a pumpkin patch, face painting, hair painting, dunk tank, bounce house, cotton candy, kettle corn, cookie decorating,kids fun run and a pie eating contest, provided an opportunity to spread the word about The Porch Light.
I was blown away that God brought more than 500 guests to our Shine a Light gala where they heard Tajuan McCarty, a trafficking survivor, share her testimony of overcoming a horrific life of physical and sexual abuse by giving her life to Christ.
Her testimony was a powerful story of God’s love, grace and redemption. As the evening ended with a live concert by Grammy-nominated and Dove Award-winning vocalist, Natalie Grant, I was beyond humbled that God allows us to join Him in His work.
God is re-writing stories
At our next Women of Compassion event, we will hear more about how God is re-writing the stories of children in need through the many ministries of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, One More Child and The Porch Light. Will you clear your calendar and make sure you can be there on February 26, 2016? Find all the details highlighted all the way below. Will you open your heart to God’s gentle nudge to get even more involved? You will be amazed at what God can do with your time and talents.
Shining a Light,