Crumbs from the Table is a Christian ministry with its mission aimed to impact the lives of orphans in Eastern Europe. We are presently working in Latvia, Ukraine, and Poland.
A few years ago, while seeking the Lord at a church conference, I became frustrated when I realized I did not have a “focus” for my ministry unlike so many others there seemed to have. I began to ask the Lord to guide me and lead my heart in the right direction. During that prayer time I felt that the Lord had given me four different points. The shortened version is as follows:
We have adopted from Russia twice, so we have been to different orphanages and are aware of the statistics. When orphans leave these orphanages the numbers get scary. At that time in Russia, 50% of the girls that left ended up in the sex trade, 50% percent of boys become criminals and wound up in jail, and a full 10% of that population committed suicide. The following are the points that I felt the Lord had given me at that time:
- First, I needed to set up transition programs for older orphans, where they would be lead to becoming disciples of Jesus, be given help with life skill training, vocational skill training and educational training such as college, vocational school, etc. As well as means to practical needs, like food and housing.
- Second, I felt that we should get involved in their lives and develop strong relationships and start teaching these things while they are at a younger age. So that when they age out around 18, we will already have a good start and will be able to more easily identify the kids that we can most likely help.
- Third, I am to work with God’s people in the different countries to gain assistance to achieving these goals.
- Fourth, I was to promote adoption in whatever way I could.
- Later, another final point was given to me. The was fifth is simply: do good works.
Over the years God has given me a small team of people who have given their hearts and sacrificed their time to the ministry and share the same vision as I do. He has also given a small group of others who have prayed and given financially, and several of leaders such as Bill Murphy, Ron Gray, and Mike McCarty to encourage me and help coach me along the way.
It is my belief that Crumbs from the Table as a ministry is primarily centered around those of the Slavic culture. This includes Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Belarus, and perhaps Russia. Our vision and mission is based on these five points given above. Together I believe we can work to make a difference in the lives of these children.
About the name Crumbs From the Table
The phrase “crumbs from the table” comes from a story in the bible found in Matthew 15 verses 21-28. A non-Jewish woman was asking Jesus for healing for her daughter. The Jewish people referred to non-Jews as dogs because they thought they were not chosen by God. Jesus challenged this by saying, “that it isn’t right to take the children's bread, and cast it to dogs. Her response was, “that even the dogs get the crumbs that fall from the Masters table”. The verse concludes, “and her daughter was healed at once.” In this case there are several points about the phrase.
First, the bread and the crumbs were for healing. Children who have been orphaned have deep wounds in their souls and those wounds can only be healed by God. We want to make healing available for everyone we can. Second, Jesus said in another place that He was the Bread of Life. It’s our belief that an ongoing relationship with Jesus as a disciple to him will bring both healing and purpose into someone's life, including orphans. It’s our goal to help orphans find a real relationship with Jesus and encourage them through the years on their journey. Third, just like the views in this story, the Jews thought that God did not care about this woman because she was not a Jew. She herself was content to be thought of as “less than” so she asked only for crumbs. By the fact that Jesus healed her child confirmed to the Jews and non-Jews that healing was for all and the non-Jews were also of value to him. In fact, He said that He came for the non-Jews as well and most, if not all, who are Christians reading this are like this woman because we are non-Jews.
Society and orphans both struggle with a thought that orphans are less than. This is not true and we want help them find their full potential in this life and break this mentality.
Finally, crumbs simply means that if God is in it, it doesn’t take a lot of money or time to make a difference...