When you visit an orphanage like Dongmyung, it doesn’t take long to realize that the social workers and teachers are an amazing group of people. This past year, with the help of your donations, we were able to start a program that shows support for these women and men who work so tirelessly for the sake of their children. Here is the result of your support:
Although our work with the orphans at Dongmyung orphanage in Korea has been going on for more than four years now, we are excited to announce the official start of YANA Ministry! This summer will kick things off in a big way with many firsts, the biggest of which are our first YANA Ministry interns (more from them soon!) and our first Flying Happiness mission under the YANA name. We will be using this blog (along with Twitter and Facebook) to try to keep everyone informed and excited about what is happening with these first two programs.
Of course, there’s a lot (a lot!) of other work going on behind the scenes. When we first felt the call to begin YANA Ministry, I don’t think any of us really imagined how much work would be involved. We had all been involved in orphan ministry before to one degree or another. But to take a single church’s ministry and try to create from it a resource that could serve many different churches and individuals…that was a different thing altogether. And yet, it is precisely this task that we felt God was calling us to work towards. And that’s the thing–as overwhelming as everything can seem at times (anyone involved in orphan ministry knows how overwhelming it can be!), when we step back for a moment, we have to realize that this is not “new” work by any means. This is work that God has tasked His People with almost from the beginning. God has always called us to care for the orphan, the widowed, the outcast, the most vulnerable in society (Ex 22:22; Isa 1:17). And that is really what does and must motivate everything that we are doing. We care for the orphan not because we feel bad for them, or because we think that we can somehow provide something better in our “superior” situation. We care for the orphan because God has revealed that such care and compassion is a part of who He is, and therefor must be a part of who His people are. We care for the orphan because we have come to know, in a dramatically true and real way, the joy of adoption (Eph 1:5; Rom 8:15).
We are so excited to see what God has in store for the future. This has nothing to do with what we will accomplish. At YANA Ministry, we firmly believe that God has called churches to be His primary outreach into the world–not non-profit organizations (as good as some of those non-profits are). That is why our goal and mission is to help create and facilitate relationships between churches, families, and orphans. And it is this work–the work that churches are able to do through us in their obedience to God’s call to care for the orphan, the outcast, the vulnerable–that we are looking forward to share as testimony to God’s faithfulness.