Now I want to share with you what God did. You know the scripture that says, God causes all things to work together for good for those who love him and are called according to His purpose? Well I saw this scripture in action. We kept trying to get the boxes up until the very last minute, but when I realized this was not going to happen I wanted to quit and give up. However, I had a team with me and we had a mission to complete. I asked God what to do and this is what we did…I told the team we were going to go out and purchase new items for the children. Someone suggested a backpack and that is what we put them in. I said I would foot the bill so we went shopping, and shopping, and shopping! We bought toys, toiletries, candy, clothes, and many more items for their backpacks. I just also have to commend my team because they all chipped in and purchased things too. The team was so supportive of me and so awesome that I am crying thinking about how they stepped up and helped me; not only monetarily, but also with encouragement which I really needed. So, in giving out the backpacks to the orphans, God showed me a NEW way to do mission Love Exchange! I saw the children receive things that they really needed that we couldn’t bring from the U.S. Things like shampoo and conditioner, lotion, Indian candy (they don’t particularly favor the candy we are able to bring from the U.S.) We got to buy lots of mango juice that they love and never get. We got to purchase the clothes that they actually wear in India! And the best part is, you get so much more for your money there! So, from now on, in partnering with American students, we will ask for money to purchase the items in India instead of have them make a box. We will still film the students but instead of making the boxes they will make cards for the orphans that we can take on a plane with us and we will do fun little messages on video for the orphan children to enjoy. And then the video we do in India will show the India team going and purchasing all the times with the money the students have provided, assembling it all, putting the cards in each backpack, and, of course, the children of India receiving their gifts of love!
Sometimes God uses the challenges that we find devastating to teach us new and better ways of doing things - ways that we wouldn’t have thought of before. And He is also always building our character and, although that is sometimes really painful, the outcome is worth the pain.