A Light in the Darkness
— Mike Douris · Friday, December 25, 2020 —
Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams, a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift. And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great. The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders. His name? His name we’ll know in many ways—He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing, Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
This year has been unique for the whole world by any measurement as we all share the challenges of the pandemic. I’m reminded of what happened more than two thousand years ago, when a child was born in perilous times. A foreign power occupied Israel. An expecting mom had to travel with her husband over a dangerous desert to comply with a census only to find out that all the rooms in the hotels were full, and they had to instead found shelter in a cave-dwelling, with cows keeping watch as they had their son and tucked him into a bed of manger hay. In the midst of all of those challenges, our Savior was born. God entrusted Joseph and Mary to care for this precious child, the Messiah who would live His short life in dangerous times and be crucified for us on the cross so we may live in the light of His resurrection.
Our ministry continues in a world in which there is still much peril and suffering. In much the same way, as the Father entrusted Joseph and Mary with the life of Jesus, so He has entrusted the Church to be light in the midst of a fallen world. The Church has continued through war, famine, disease, persecution, and all sorts of evil, providing the light of the gospel. Once this pandemic is a note in history, there will be future challenges we will have to face, but the Gospel always remains the same—the light never changes, our mission to spread the good news of the Gospel and to and reflect that light wherever we journey.
At Orphan Outreach, we feel the Lord created this ministry to be a light in the darkness and care for the children He has entrusted to us to provide hope. All of you, who have made our ministry possible, are part of that mission, and we are so thankful that we have the blessing to serve with you all.
Thank you for walking with us and giving us your time, treasure, and prayers to provide hope to thousands of children who had lost hope but now are found and know they are loved and valuable in His sight. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. God bless!
Orphan Outreach President