Faithful with little, rewarded with much.
In Luke 19, Jesus illustrates the dynamics of the Kingdom of God with a parable.
He tells the story of a nobleman who left his land to be crowned king in a distant empire. He gathered together ten of his servants and entrusted each of them with a modest quantity of his silver.
After some time, the master returned as king and asked his servants to account for their stewardship of his funds. Each of the servants had made different decisions regarding the investment of the silver — some did nothing at all with it, some invested it modestly and accrued a modest return. One servant said, "Master, I invested your money and made 10 times the original amount." To the servants who did nothing, they were stripped of their position and their resources. To the ones who invested modestly, the master gave a modest reward.
But to the servant who had multiplied the value of the gift ten times over, the king exclaimed, "You are a good servant! You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward!"
Many times, we at Asia's Hope feel like the servant who has just been put in charge of ten cities. We started out with nothing. But we always aspired to lead courageously in the name of the Master and for the sake of His precious kids.
And God has rewarded us with ever-increasing levels of responsibility. More, in fact, than we ever knew we could handle. But the Master hasn't just given us a huge job, He's also provided a growing roster of faithful, courageous people who have taken up the mantle of administering our "ten cities." Or, in our case, 32 children's homes in three countries and six cities. And a couple of schools.
And we've been faithful with that charge as well. So as we look forward to our next 15 years, we believe that God will continue to increase not only our impact but our responsibilities as well. The work is not finished, and won't be until the Kingdom comes in its fullness. There are 150,000,000 orphaned and abandoned kids in this world. There also are tens of thousands of churches, hundreds of thousands of businesses and millions of families who need to find a real, Jesus-shaped purpose.
There are battles to fight, homes to be built and injustices to be overcome. And while we certainly don't believe that we've been called to address all of the world's problems, we do believe that by enriching the lives of our existing kids and staff, expanding the number of kids we can care for at Asia's Hope and extending our unique model of family-style orphan care to other courageous leaders around the world, we can spend the rest of our lives engaged in difficult but meaningful endeavors. And we can hand this ministry off to future generations — confident that we've left nothing on the field, that we've never shied away from risks, and that we've left our successors tools they need to do more than we could ever dream.
If you've read this far, we have to assume that you're in, you're up for the challenge and you're trusting along with us that God believes our ability to do His work in His strength for His glory.
And if you'd like to join in the fight by making a generous contribution to our work, you can do so online at our website. Or you can contact us via email or phone and we'll help you think through what role you can play in rescuing, restoring and raising orphaned and vulnerable kids.
Asia's Hope provides family-style, residential care for orphaned children at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation in Cambodia, Thailand and India. Click to make a tax-deductible donation or send a check to Asia's Hope: 296 W. Fourth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201. Call us 614.285.5813 or email us. | Asia's Hope has earned the Guidestar Exchange Seal for its commitment to transparency and accountability.