The concept of 'birth' has been a big one in my life lately...
Liz and I now have kids. That's kids with an 's' at the end. As in - more than one. Multiple children.
Ok it can seem overwhelming at times, but the truth is that we're incredibly excited to have our second son Maverick in our lives now. Mav was born a bit earlier than expected on December 8, even though he was due on Christmas day. His birth marked one of the best days of my life.
The bible uses birth as a metaphor many times. Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born again. Peter writes, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead"
An EMI design often mirrors this concept of birth. Just as God "knit me together in my mother's womb" (Psalm 139) he knits together a vision in the hearts and minds of the ministries EMI serves. Our teams have the honour of influencing exactly how these visions become birthed into reality.
This happened to a group of Guatemalans that we worked with in 2015. As they were reading through the New Testament, they noticed in James that, “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” And so, God knit together in them a vision for an orphanage to look after the abandoned babies from the local hospital.
Our EMI design team listened to the Guatemalans' vision, goals and heart. One of their first priorities is to construct the 'Infant House'. This is where these once-abandoned babies will form their first memories. As our time in Tactic came to a close we presented our design to the orphanage committee, along with this rendering of the Infant House:
Impact Ministries' founder and Field Director Les Peters said this about that final meeting:
“It was kind of like a birthing of this idea into something that was real. The PowerPoint was real. The desire in the room was real. There were no buildings in place yet. But it was being birthed.”
The development of what is now called the "Fountain of Life" orphanage has continued to become more and more real since that presentation. I had the privilege of playing a key role in finishing the design drawings and handing our report off to the ministry.
Due to Guatemala's strict policies, most of the children that come through this facility will never be adopted. However, because of this orphanage, they will grow up well-fed in a loving family setting being taught about the love of Jesus.
This past October, I received an update from Impact. They've been busy. This is what the Infant House looks like so far:
I'm so excited to see pictures of this building being built and even more excited to eventually see it being used.
As a supporter of us and EMI, I hope you are as excited to see this as I am. This is your ministry too! Thank you for your prayers and financial support that makes these projects possible.