How One Family is Making a Difference in South Korea

This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen. Stephanie is one of my students who has a huge heart for orphans. Stephanie came to Austin Bible Institute about two years ago. Since then, God has done some amazing work in her life and is using her to bless others in tremendous ways.

This is the story of Pastor Lee of Jesus-Loving Union Church in South Korea. He has been a believer for 35 years and has recently begun getting international attention for the “Baby Box” ministry he has been running since 2009.

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Healing, Forgiveness, and Direction

This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen. Stephanie is one of my students who has a huge heart for orphans. Stephanie came to Austin Bible Institute about two years ago. Since then, God has done some amazing work in her life and is using her to bless others in tremendous ways.

Hi, I’m Stephanie. When I was 21 I went to volunteer overseas in Cameroon, West Africa with Shaping Destiny, an orphan care ministry that makes disciples and serves the poor locally and abroad. I had a heart full of compassion and the desire to serve wherever I was needed, but when I first came to volunteer with the ministry I was very damaged from my past. After wandering from my faith and living a sinful life for a number of years, I finally decided that I wanted to return to the Lord and commit myself to being used by Him. I had the chance to start over and my passion for orphans, paired with my newfound love for God, led me to enroll and begin taking classes at Austin Bible Institute.

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Purpose vs. Calling

What is the difference between purpose and calling?

We are products. God is our producer.

We were created for a purpose. To accomplish that purpose, God gives us a means. The purpose is to Glorify God and the means is our calling. Purpose is more important than calling but you cannot achieve your purpose without your calling.

Calling is the road you take to get to purpose. Purpose is the destination. In Christ, we all have the same destination but uniquely different roads to get to this destination.

One team, one owner, one coach, one goal. That goal is to win the game and make their coach and owner proud and bring them glory. But different players with different roles or callings on the field.

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Why all are welcome into my “start an orphanage” course

Start an OrphanageThere have been some questions about why I don’t have any requirements for people taking my “start an orphanage” course. The following is my reason.

When Jesus saw potential disciples who were strangers, he would tell them, “come follow me” ( Matt. 4:18-22; Mark 10:17-21). Jesus had no educational requirements or even a clearly stated type of work experience you had to have to be his disciple. He invited people from all walks of life to follow him. The invitation was to come and learn, not to come and be an apostle–the people Jesus hand-picked as qualified to lead his church. At some point, Jesus had thousands of disciples. The invitation to come and learn–disciple means student, pupil, follower etc–did not mean that Jesus was certifying them as ready for ministry as a missionary (apostles are missionaries). No, after training his disciples for years, he finally selected 12 people whom he called apostles. Those were the qualified ones. It was to them (the remaining eleven apostles) that he gave the great commission in Matthew 28:18-20, not to the thousands who had followed him before.

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Priorities in Response to Orphan Need, CAFO

The Christian Alliance for Orphans has an excellent document that I encourage every Orphan Care advocate to read. In case you are wondering what I feel about the content of the document, I fully agree with the spirit and letter of the article and think it would be very helpful to every student of orphan care.

Below, I show a section of the document. You will do well to read the entire document.

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The Campaign to Empty Orphanages in Rwanda

Watch the following videos from the work of Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback. After doing so, answer the following questions.

Question 1: Do you agree with his approach of emptying orphanages in Rwanda? If yes why? If no, why?

Question 2: What are the pros and cons that you see in the approach he is taking?

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