As we prayed through the thought of Kimbilio and everything that it would take to start, lead, and grow this refuge for orphans, we were constantly brought back to the many references in God's word when it comes to believers living out their faith, and God's desires for how we care for the orphans and fatherless:
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Psalm 82:3
Do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. Psalm 10:18
I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him. Job 29:12
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. Psalm 27:10
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. Isaiah 1:17
"Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation." Psalm 68:5
Pure and faultless religion: look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
It's one thing to read about the statistics; more than 143 million orphans in the world today, estimates of close to 42,000 new orphans each day, about 400,000 orphans die each year. It is another thing to spend time working in an orphanage, helping to clean and feed children who have been abandoned or whose parents have died. We have physically experienced the overwhelming circumstances that these children face every day and our hearts have been broken in the process. There is nothing that can describe what it's like to look a child in the eyes and know that they may not be alive the next time you come back to visit.
Our staff and our Journey teams have been forever impacted by our experiences in Kenyan orphanages. For us, it's not a question of if we should do something about orphan care... it's been a question of "how soon can we..."
God has given us a vision for investing in the next generation so that new disciples of Jesus Christ would rise up and live a life that glorifies God first and always. We had to ask the question, "does Kimbilio align with our God-given vision for ministry through Invest?" and the answer was, "YES!" Our vision for Kimbilio is that God would speak clearly and loudly through the lives of the Kimbilio team to a new generation of children who have been orphaned by the world's definition but who would experience the sovereignty of being a part of a much larger family, the Church, with a Father who loves them more than they could ever know.
Praying for continued clarity, wisdom, commitment, and provision,