Pastor Des Klingspon, our FCOP Canadian Representative, brought a large team to Cambodia. They left -20 degree F. Yorktown, Canada in a blizzard, to arrive in 105 degree F. Phnom Penh, to serve Cambodian orphans and widows. Des observed: “Since we started giving to the orphans God has blessed our church with more than we ever gave.”
Now, that’s Biblical accurate! Deut. 24:18b-19 “…therefore I command you to do this thing. 19 When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”
What part of this do many churches not understand? (especially in the US) They trip over themselves to openly bless Israel (which I think is wise, but the actual blessing was to those who blessed Abraham. And, it is his decedents who are to bless the world) but choose to ignore the more certain, personal blessing, “that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.” which comes from an open endorsement and participation in ministry to orphans and widows.
Thank God, our donor churches choose this path of blessing, but why, with millions of dollars in debt, would any church organization ignore this promise? The Canadians didn’t, and they are blessed! Yorktown, Canada went from rags to riches during the height of the global recession.