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Monday, July 2, 2012

Pure and Undefiled Religion

Pure and Undefiled Religion

Dear beloved: The book of James chapter 1:27 tells us this: "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father; to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." And in Matthew 18 Jesus talks of the place of children in His kingdom. v1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" v2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, v3 and said, " Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. v4 "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest of the kingdom of heaven. v5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; v6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea." And again in Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." So we can see from these passages of scripture that Jesus places children in the highest place in His kingdom.

The opportunity has arisen for me to help build an orphanage in west Kenya, near the city of Mumias, that will house and school 40 children who have been orphaned because of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The land for the orphanage has already been secured, and a good well is on the property, so all that is needed is the money for construction and yearly operating expenses. The estimated cost for construction is only $20,000 and operating expenses for the first year are projected to be about $3,000, a real bargain when you consider that the adoption of just one child from a foreign country can easily cost that much or more. This is a kingdom opportunity for someone reading this blog, and God has brought you here for this purpose, to raise up orphans and give them a good home, cared for in a loving Christian environment that will allow them to fulfill their destiny for which God created them.

If you are reading this and feel pierced in your heart please pray about your part in moving the kingdom forward in this project. Contact me at for more details and also pictures of the children. I will be going to Kenya in late August and would like to take a check with me, or have someone accompany me who could present a check to the pastor who will oversee the orphanage. Do something mighty for the kingdom, store up your treasures in heaven, and you will be blessed accordingly. May God bless you as you pray and answer His call today. In Christ, Jim

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