This week’s ROOM contributor is Brittany Bethel. Brittany’s heart for God’s children has brought her alongside ROOM in varying capacities over the past several years and now we are privileged to have her sit as the Chair of ROOM’s Board of Directors. We are so thankful our Board is willing to invest in this ministry, particularly because we have a passionate and driven Chair in Brittany.
I have had the privilege to go to Honduras for the past 6 years in varying capacities. In the last three years it has become my job as the Overseas Administrator for Carolina Cross Connection (CCC). I get to prepare and educate teams of students and adults to go to Honduras and serve in several orphanages. My partnership with ROOM started out simple: they introduced me to the orphanage directors and from there I was able to start relationships. Three years ago ROOM was my foot in the door; today, I humbly sit as the Chair of the Board. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my heart on orphan care in the next 100-page dissertation (or maybe just the next 300 words or so).
Recently, I picked up a book called Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Tony Merida and Rick Morton. I will be honest, I have only read the first two chapters, but it has captivated me. In the introduction David Platt writes something I believe ROOM is building on daily: “One of the clearest displays of the gospel in the life is when redeemed men and women extend a hand of mercy to children in need and bring them into their families.” This is what I believe ROOM’s team in India and Honduras is doing day in and day out. They are living the gospel. They are an inspiration. The Creator of the universe has redeemed them and they love kids as their own while fully understanding that they, as well as the kids, are children of God.
It is overwhelming to think about what the ROOM teams are doing as they partner with government officials, rock-star orphanage directors, and the community; but here is the reality,“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons and daughters. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:4-7)
The people serving with ROOM have been redeemed and so have you. You have been adopted and because of this truth you have the responsibility to care for orphans. The best news is that you have been equipped for this responsibility! The question now is how? How is God calling you to step out in faith into his call? I believe we are all at different levels and none of us are being called to the exact same thing. There are opportunities through ROOM for you to go, see, and learn. We also are in a Matching Gift campaign right now that is benefiting Honduran and Indian orphanages, as well as the children living in our transition homes. There are also children in your churches and communities that need you to hang out with them and point them to Jesus. Some of us are being called to adopt, some from the States and others in foreign adoption. Some are called to support adoptive parents, raise awareness, or host an orphan. The opportunities are endless. Join us as we continue to seek the Lord’s direction in how he is calling us collectively and individually. Please pray for us as we walk through this Matching Gift campaign. We are praying for you that the Lord is clear in his call and you are swift to respond
As Brittany stated in her blog, ROOM is thrilled
to have a generous, anonymous donor come alongside of ROOM to help create the ROOM 2 Come and See Campaign. Every dollar donated will be matched to help make your gift go twice as far! We invite you to partner with us by exploring the many ways you can support the ministry of Reach Out Orphanage Ministries.