Helping Howard


JD and Kamille Danford

Some of you will have kept up with our adventures with Howard and Operation Smile.  If not, please see our blog (http://malawidanfords.!  Over this process we have shared with many people our experience in real time. So many people have followed and prayed for Howard and for us as well. It has been an amazing experience.

To God be the glory!

That is what this message is all about. Through this experience I have been blessed to see people rally around this child and what we were attempting to do. They rallied around a moment of kindness and love for a little boy. The reality is that children like Howard are not why we do what we do. That may come as a shock to you.

Kamille with Howard after his cleft lip and palette surgery

I have learned in a more profound way that the ‘why’ is that God desires to reveal Himself and His love through us to His glory. The ‘why’ is obedience to His calling to help Howard to His glory. The kindness and love we gave Howard is a fruit of the Spirit, an outworking of God’s character that has been imparted to us by God. It is all about God, and His glory. “That the works of God should be made manifest in him.” John 9:1-5

We are missionaries who are Christians. We are followers and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do what we do, as in the case of Howard, because it is the work of God in us.

God’s glory - ‘the why’

Someone who does not follow Christ could have done the same thing we did for Howard.

Howard before surgery

But the ‘why’ would not be the same. That is my only point. The ‘’why’. It is God’s glory. In Philippians 2:13 the scriptures say: “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” God worked in us, by His word and His Spirit, the desire to help Howard. Yes we helped him. But it was by God alone that we desired and were empowered.

Vessels of His mercy

We are His vessels of mercy (Romans 9:23). And that is alright with me!

My father used to say “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Well, the place for this event is squarely at the throne of God and to be lifted up as a sweet-smelling sacrifice of praise, honor and glory.

To God be all the glory. “Sola gloria.” !

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