Monday, September 01, 2003

Workers of the World Unite

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make My joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Phil 2:1-2

As our bus made its way across the defrosting winter snow to the first orphanage on our itinerary, I was struck by the “sameness” of the structures in Communist architecture. The same gray bricks, the same dull coloring to blend into a landscape for “workers united”. No one any better than the next, everything reduced in conformity. The city of Ekaterinburg, looks just like Kirov that looks just like Voronezh that looks just like Salekhard. And when we arrived at the orphanage the remarkable resemblance of these children to others I have seen across Russia was striking. Like seeing twins of impossible and improbable situations.

Our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:7

While each one of the eleven trips into Russia have a certain familiarity, individually they carry the freshness of His mercy, new each day. We have shared in the sufferings of these children, entered into their world. We have carried their story back to many on the other side of the ocean, living a life far different from their own. And we have the guarantee that we share in their comfort. The comfort of the unseen Hand that tucks them in at night, and the unheard Voice that assures them of the promise - it will all be okay.

Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:17-18

The work in the Harvest goes on until He returns; coming alongside those in need, telling His story to them and sharing their story with you.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed 2 Timothy 2:15