Tree of Life
The Tree of Life shows up in various places and in various ways throughout the Old and New Testaments. The following three verses are why we focus on this tree:
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Revelation 22:1-2
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30
May God grant us opportunities to raise these children to know him as their savior Father; what a privilege to play a part in the “capturing” of their souls.
“She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.” Proverbs 3:18
In this verse,”she” is referring to wisdom/understanding. Whenever people ask how they can pray for us the answer is, “For wisdom and understanding.” In our day to day life, there are countless times where we have to depend on supernatural wisdom. We just don’t know what to do or what decision to make without that wisdom granted from God.
A few of our children are orphans, but the majority are with us because they have been abused and/or abandoned. We want each child under in our home to know that they are loved and are a special part of a family. We want them to grow up knowing God as their loving Father. We strive to be a loving example of a healthy family. We laugh, we struggle, we make mistakes, and we work through problems. At the end of the day we are FAMILY! And our prayer is that as adults, they will take the model of family they have seen with us, and raise their children in a loving and safe environment.
Psalm 103:17 “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children”
Oaks of Righteousness
Isaiah 61:1-2 uses three adjectives that would describe the children when they come to us:
poor, brokenhearted, and in mourning, but it goes on in verse 3 to say “that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” Our desire is that, through discipleship and instruction in the Bible, their personal faith will be deeply rooted; they will overcome the hurts of their past and the cycle of poverty, abuse, and abandonment; and that their lives will bring glory to the Lord.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified
The missionaries, staff, and children are thankful to Stephen and Vanderly Arnold and their family. They served in Jimani during 2012 and 2013 and were integral in shaping the mission and vision of our home.