Monday, June 2, 2014

Gloriously Ruined || Wynne Elder on #practicalorphancare

I was so thrilled when Charlie asked me to share a little bit of my heart on orphan care on her blog! It's so funny, when I think about, that little old me would even have anything to say about this subject. I grew up most of my life totally self consumed with me, me, me [I mean, I still am most days] but the past couple of years the Lord really started to open my eyes to the bigger world and picture and show me some of His precious children that He asks us to care for.



James 1:27 says, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."

That was a verse that I don't think I heard taught in church growing up, or if I did I just sorta brushed it off like it wasn't for me. My eyes were opened in 2011 when I went on back to back mission trips to third world countries. First, I went with a group of women in my church to a small village in El Salvador, and had the opportunity to stay the week with a family in their home in the village. I showered where they showered [it was cooold], ate what they ate, worshiped where they worshiped and walked those dusty roads to home after home all week with them to pray with widows, love on orphans, and visit people who were homebound. I wrote in my bible that day next to the verse in James 1:27, "El Salvador 2011". A few months later my husband went on our first mission trip to Africa together with a group called Visiting Orphans. We spent 16 days in Uganda + Ethiopia loving on orphans, visit children's homes, children's prisons, street ministries, and a village in a trash dump. The words that rung in my head that week was a lyric from a Brooke Fraser song, "now that I have seen, I am responsible".


Once you GO, and visit widows and orphans, you can't UNSEE it. It changes you, it wrecks you and rocks you to the core. Or at least it did us, hence my blog is titled Gloriously Ruined. It was a ruining, but a glorious one! My life from those trips would never be the same, and a part of me wanted to go back to blissful ignorance, but I knew that would never be. I was changed!

So how can YOU get involved? Simply GO! I love Visiting Orphans model for someone who's never been. They visit 12 different countries, so if you aren't sure where God is leading you - go on one of their trips and see! A lot of their African trips go to more than one country, and most of their trips [even 1 country trips] go to multiple ministries. I feel like it's a great way to see where and how God is calling you to use your time, resources, finances, and talent for His kingdom. 

Visiting Orphans exists to fulfill the biblical mandate of James 1:27 to "visit orphans in their distress”.

I have other resources on my blog under "Be Ruined: Missions" and would urge you to check those out. But I think the first step, is taking the FIRST STEP and saying YES and GOING!

I can't wait to see what countries you write down next to James 1:27 in your Bible!

Wynne is a Texas girl married to her best friend,  seeking to live life in intentional  community.  She’s an  adoptive mom, a storyteller and a dreamer.  She loves Jesus and is passionate about people, Africa and her role as a Noonday Collection ambassador.  She loves to travel the world, take photos and tell stories and share them on her blog, gloriously ruined. God has gloriously ruined her life and now she’s  just living this wild adventure He’s writing. You can find her onfacebook, purchase with purpose on her noonday collection site, and see glimpses of her daily life oninstagram.  

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful passage and inspirational story :) Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for joining us! We're glad to have you!

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  2. What a powerful message. My husband and I have a heart for Orphan care and hope to adopt one day. I've done a little bit of mission work in the states but haven't gone out of the country to do it. I would love to one day. Thank you for being so encouraging and inspiring. :)

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    1. Wynne is great :) So glad to have her here! I love missions! So awesome that you might adopt!

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  3. What a great way to let something change your life!!!

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  4. What a beautiful and informative story!

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  5. Your journey sounds so wonderful and rewarding! It definitely looks like a great experience.

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  6. This was such a joy to read! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I want to do this!

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  8. You have a huge heart, what a beautiful story.

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  9. I agree with a the comments very inspirational. Having lived most of my childhood also seeing orphans and suffering I have a special place in my heart and you're right it changes you x

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  10. Beautiful and inspiring story. #WeekEndLinkUp

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  11. Definitely an inspiring story there. :)

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  12. Love this post! You're so right, God calls us to more.

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  13. Beautiful and inspiring!

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  14. I would love to do this one day. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Lovely read. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Thank you for such an uplifting post! Serving in this world is what life is all about - whether it is serving away or in your own backyard, it can lift your heart and spirits like nothing else can.

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  17. I hope to do a mission trip with our family! Thanks for sharing your heart!

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