Why China?

I am asked almost weekly, “why did you all pick China for your mission trips?” Well, I think it is simple. We are called. I didn’t say I am called, or you are called, I said we are called. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” I love this verse because it brings clarity to why we go to China. It would be easy to say the Kemps go to China because four years ago we adopted this beautiful little girl who has rocked our world. Now, we want to go back and give something back to the country that gave us this amazing little girl named Macy Li. Even though in my flesh this is the truth, my heart says I want to fulfill the calling in James 1:27. If you really break down the verse it is clear. God’s heart is adoption. He adopted us. So our heart should be moved by adoption also. Pure and faultless religion to God is when we don’t let the world tell us that the poor and the orphaned are not worthy of love and adoration. We begin to see people through God’s eyes, especially those that have been given the label of unwanted or unworthy by the world. There are millions of people in China that will never experience the love of God in a way we take for granted every day. This trip gives me perspective. It is this perspective that allows me to see the world through God’s eyes. When I see things as God sees them it as the verse says, “keeps me from being polluted by the world.”

Our team feels so honored and blessed to be able to go to China in three days. There has been so many people that helped us make this mission trip happen. We would not be going without this support. Whether it was donating money, participating in our Hope Smiles bleaching promotion, or just praying for the team, each person played an important role in making this trip happen. We are thankful so many people will feel a part of our team. It truly has impacted our office in an amazing way. Because of this, we will never be the same. Why China? I think God really wants to help us with our vision. If we have His vision, it “keeps us from being polluted by the world.”