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Global Partnership - Part 2: Affirming the Call

June 18, 2013 by Janelle Jackson 0 comments

Posted in: Global Partnership

One of the things I love most about Scarlet City Church is its commitment to being a gospel-centered community on mission. Specifically, the mission to share the Good News of Jesus’ victory and be a blessing to others. We also believe that God calls us to love God and love people, especially the last, the least, and the lost. God has given SCC a burden for global missions. And, while we are still a young church, we want global missions to be part of our DNA from the very beginning. Up until this point, we’ve invested in God’s global mission through prayer and giving financially. Now, God has opened up the door for us to begin exploring a global partnership with a ministry called Asia’s Hope.

As Gabe explained in a previous blog post, Asia’s Hope is a Columbus-based ministry dedicated to rescuing orphans who are at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation, and raising them in residential, family-based, gospel-centered homes. In two weeks, five of us from SCC will be traveling to Kalimpong, India to explore what a partnership between Asia’s Hope and Scarlet City could look like, and to bring back stories of what God is already doing through Asia’s Hope. My husband, Danny, and I are two of the five people going, and we’ve already been humbled and amazed to see how God has opened doors, provided for, and affirmed this opportunity to address the real, practical needs of orphans in India to the glory of God! The mantra of Asia’s Hope is a great reminder of our mission, “They don’t need pity, they need hope.”

While our trip is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in SCC’s story, it is evident that God had started preparing our whole church for this potential partnership long before He presented the present opportunity. Around the same time we started exploring a partnership with Asia’s Hope in India, multiple families began speaking up about different burdens God had placed on their hearts. For some, that burden was caring for orphans - specifically through financial support and adoption. Others shared that, while they have been called to stay in Columbus, they have a burden for global missions and feel called to financially support those whom are being sent abroad. For one woman, God actually placed this exact area of India on her heart - she had been praying specifically for this region and the orphans there for months before God presented our opportunity with Asia’s Hope. It’s been amazing to see how God has been working in people’s hearts and laying the groundwork for church-wide investment into caring for orphans in India!

Not only has God been preparing our church as a whole, it’s evident how is using this opportunity to open doors for people to use their unique gifts and passions for His glory. My husband has had a burden for international missions for years. To see him be able to combine his passion for storytelling through photography with missions .to the glory of God and for the blessing of others, brings me more joy than I can describe. Another member of our team has waited patiently for years for an opportunity to use his skills for documenting stories through videography in the mission field. God has opened up doors like this for each person on this team. We’re excited to go to India, and we’re equally as excited to come back and invite others into God’s story and partnership in the gospel!

Another way I’ve seen God affirm this trip is through financial provision. Unfortunately, international travel isn’t cheap - plane tickets, immunizations, room/board adds up quickly! When we sensed God moving both Danny and I to go to India, we knew that raising support could be the biggest hurdle. Amazingly, God provided 70% of the funds we needed before we sent out a single support letter! The remainder of our trip cost came in within a week of sending out less than a dozen support letters. Needless to say, we were humbled to see so many people join God’s story of hope, transformation, and renewal by supporting and praying for our mission!

Gabe reminded us in his previous post that the church has a responsibility to display God’s character to the world by using what he’s blessed us with to bless others and ultimately bring glory to Himself. I believe that this responsibility looks different for everyone - but that it is truly for everyone. Please continue to pray for Asia’s Hope, the local church in India, the orphans, and for our team as we prepare for our departure in two weeks. We can’t wait to watching God’s story of transformation and renewal continue to unfold as we follow His calling on our lives!

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