By Dale Russell 

The question of how to blend inmates and orphans is nothing new.  Our favorite scripture at any prison presentation was written over 3000 years ago.  It emphasizes what we believe and who we want to be with.  Psalms 68:5-6.

“God in His holy dwelling is a father of

the fatherless and a champion of widows.

He provides homes for

those who are deserted.

He leads out the prisoners to prosperity.”

 

As usual, in God’s wisdom, this still applies today.  What is so amazing is the glimpses of God’s personality and how inclusive He wants to be.

“God in His holy dwelling is a father of

the fatherless and a champion of widows.

 

  • Perfect description of Otino Waa Children’s Village, Uganda.
  • He is very specific – doesn’t mention kings, presidents or extraterrestrials.
  • He reminds us of who is important to Him.
  • Hope is here.

He provides homes for

those who are deserted.

 

  • Who has ever been left behind, forgotten, lonely or ignored? Would most of us raise our hands?
  • He patiently has prepared “home” and welcomes us all.
  • In this case, “home” erases the mistakes we have made and how God loves to include us anyway.
  • Hope is here.

He leads out the prisoners to prosperity,……..”

 

  • Ever felt imprisoned? The awesome God of the universe knows you.
  • “He leads”, Anyone better qualified to lead?
  • This statement either surprises or comforts you. Either way there is more to the story.
  • Prosperity” This is where it gets interesting.  It’s where our prison presentation can take on multiple directions like, Hope, Joy, Purpose, Discovery, Relationships and so much more.
  • Hope is here.

How does God accomplish all this?  You can imagine a wave of His hand would do it, but He’s not like that.  The continual invitation is for us to apply our own hands and feet.  That would be YOU and I.

That’s YOU and I.  Not someone else.

Nothing more clearly marks the kindness and the wisdom of God than the arrangement by which people, instead of being solitary wanderers on the face of the earth, with nothing to bind them in sympathy, in love, and in interest to each other, are grouped together in families.  Sound inviting?

Hope you’re OK with being included in the family of orphans, widows and inmates.  Here are multiple ways you can be included in the family AND make others feel the same.  Vision with action changes the world.

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