Monday, January 24, 2011
A response to a bomb.
My morning began with the news of a bombing in the Arrivals Hall of Domodedovo airport in Moscow. I quickly searched the Internet for news, and there was plenty already – over 30 dead, over 130 wounded. The death toll rose through the day, and chances are it won’t be final for another couple of days.
I’ve been there. In that very Arrival Hall. By myself on several occasions, with my family and mission team members on others.
My heart broke. I love this country, these people.
I heard about the bombing right before our weekly staff call, with US, Ukrainian, and Russian staff members all together. We confirmed news between countries, and immediately spent time in prayer for those affected.
And then we continued with our meeting – planning, praying, preparing. We needed to. There is much work to be done in the fields of Eastern Europe.
Some will ask, “What will become of YouthReach International’s mission efforts in Russia now?” “Will you still go?” “Is it safe?”
My answer is we have been called to go. Until the Lord releases us from that calling we will go. And we haven’t heard anything from Him saying otherwise.
Honestly, it’s probably the safest time to fly right now. There will be more security in international airports around the world as a result of this barbaric act.
But speaking from the heart, this is exactly why we must go. “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
Satan wants us to not go. He wants to tell the orphans that no one cares. That because we’re afraid of their country we won’t visit them. That we don’t trust enough in our God to put ourselves in His hands and travel to share His love.
We must go. Period.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
The kids need us. They need to know that our God is bigger than any terrorist. That our God gives us peace that passes understanding. That our God is the Father to the fatherless, defender of widows, King of kings, and Lord of lords.
It is time for our faith and our feet to walk together. To go where called. To care for orphans in their distress. To bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the lost, broken, and hurting.
Lord, guide our feet, our faith, and our hearts. We pray for your compassion and mercy on those affected directly by the bombing, the country of Russia, and those involved with this horrific act. May your love and grace be known to all of these, and may they turn to you. Give us strength, peace, and confidence to bring your hope to the hopeless and hurting.
We must go. We will go.
Who’s with me?