Global Reach for Justice…2009

Justice, what is it? Justice simply put is righting wrongs. We all have issues we think are wrong and need to be righted, and many of them we would not all agree on, but I think we can agree on some. Its not right when you see kids who live in such abject poverty they don’t have shoes. Going shoeless is very bad for their health, cuts on the feet, bacteria in the water, worms, are all things that cause disease in children as a result of no footwear.

I think we can all agree that the bloated bellies and skeletal bodies of families and especially children who experience malnutrition is not right. Its not enough just to have something to eat what you eat must have nutritional value or it fills your belly, but starves your body.

I think we can all agree that the buying and selling of human beings is wrong, and needs to be made right. We have a bigger issue of human trafficking today around the world, greater than ever in history. Humans, especially children bought and sold for inhumane work, and worst of all prostitution, sex trafficking.

I think we can agree that genocide is wrong, and yes it is still happening in places around the world, and nations are still recovering from it.

We can agree that lack of health care in third world nations, the lack of community development, and education, causing hopelessness and despair as well as death, from sicknesses that are easily cured if the medicine is available, is not right.

Its not right, that the very water that should be giving life to a community is what is killing it. Its not right that orphaned children are roaming streets with an almost certain future of destruction and death. Children caring for children or themselves, just to survive.

We could all make political statements at this point. Like well if they hadn’t done this, or if they would stop that. We use the word “they” to keep “them” distant from “Us” so we don’t feel responsible.

Its Not right, Its not Right……ITS NOT RIGHT!

I have a personal feeling of responsibility for people in these situations because I’m a Christian, and I know God loves everyone, and He wants everyone to experience His love. If we took time to really look at the life of Jesus we would see how practical and compassionate He truly is. We should be a reflection of that.

Proverbs 31:8-9 (MSG)
8-9 “Speak up for the people who have no voice,
for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
Speak out for justice!
Stand up for the poor and destitute!”

Matthew 25:34-40 (MSG)
34-36″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

37-40″Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

The Bible Clearly spells out for us our mission on this earth. To share the Love of Jesus, The Love of God, in practical ways, with those who so desperately need His message and His action. To long we have spoken and not acted.

This year we are bringing Justice in the ways we are able in the following places. Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Cambodia. Doing leadership conferences, and Medical Clinics, building an educational facility, and distributing Bibles, feeding the hungry, and helping rescue girls out of forced prostitution. We are doing evangelistic concerts sharing hope, love, and Joy through Jesus, and resourcing Hope centers for orphans we’ve already built, as well as working with an after care program for girls who have been rescued from the Sex Trade.

We are committed to righting wrongs, to loving people, to bringing change to the world. We can’t do everything, but we can do something, and what we will never do, is nothing.

Our partners are…
http://www.crisisaid.org
http://www.hagarproject.org/
http://www.watoto.com/
http://www.cambodiaoutreach.org

If you would like to be a part of helping right wrongs, by being a part of this Global reach for Justice, Please contact me @ david.gadberry@harvestokc.com, or call 405 478 7373

Partner with us in this global reach for Justice.

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thanks
David

worship

God wants to do great things for us and does them. The other side of that relationship is the thanksgiving, praise, and love that is due him, not just for what He does but for who he is. That’s what we contribute.
Mark 14:3 3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.
I personally think this is one of the greatest depictions of worship in the bible. Here is a woman who had been forgiven of great sin, and freed from major bondage. Jesus is reclining and eating with his friends. They were listening to and expecting something from Him. There was one person in that room, however, who had already received so much from Him, that she had but one objective, to worship her Lord. She faced the opposition of men, who would think it inappropriate for a woman to behave that way. She faced the obstacle of religious mindsets. However, her desire to worship the king of her heart, the answer to her prayers, and the savior of her soul, was greater and more compelling than the obstacles she faced.
What she did was phenomenal. First her gift was unbelievably generous. The perfume that she carried was worth a year’s salary. This could have been her life savings. It was rare, so it could have been something left to her that she would leave to her children. She took that very expensive gift and then did something even more interesting. The bible says she broke the bottle, revealing her heart, to give all of it, she would not keep any for herself she would pour out the whole gift on Him. I would imagine, if we could ask, she would think it less than what she wished she could have given. She made it clear, no matter what else was going on in that room, to her there was only one important thing, and that was worshipping her Lord. “Keep talking if you wish”, she might have said, “but I am going to worship”, “criticize me if you must”, she thought, “but I am going to worship.”
What are the results of this kind of worship? The fragrance of her worship filled the room. No matter where Jesus went from that point he carried the smell of her worship. Not only he, but she was fragrant as well. When we worship, the fragrance of Heaven invades our lives and affects all that we are and do, and we become to the world a reflection of heaven.
Peace, contentment, and life are found in the presence of our King, and he is deserving of our passionate praise and worship. So, today take time to worship your Lord and listen to his voice, and let your heart beat with His heart beat, as you diligently worship

Grace

Thank God for His grace. Unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor and blessing. His grace is him reaching out to me, and my faith is me reaching out to him. His forgiveness is the ultimate in freedom and his sacrifice the ultimate in love.

I know that in myself, my own efforts, my own abilities whatever they may be, I can not be perfect enough, or right enough or behave well enough to make me truly righteous. Thanks be to God, however who gave his son Jesus, to be the sacrifice once and for all. There is no greater love.

I can not obtain Gods favor or blessing by my efforts, only by my faith, believing in His word and his actions, receiving the gift of grace and righteousness, I can have a relationship with him, that changes me from the inside out. So no, i can not do it by striving with my own effort, but I can become what I should by trusting in Him.

My heart is filled with gratitude today, as i continue to grow in my relationship with God, knowing His heart is not evil towards me but good. He is the loving father to the prodigal son, who never gives up hope that the boy will come to himself and make His way home, only to be received into the loving arms of a father without condemnation. How can we resist such grace.

I love Jesus, and and am thankful for all he has done for me.

David