March 22, 2013 - Global Impact

In a world where we have everything we want, we remember there are those who don’t—many of them are children, and they are not invisible.

The dedication of mothers and fathers here in Africa is amazing in the face of poverty that has no equal.

They have never heard of television, never imagined running water or clean water, for that matter. There is no electricity or bathrooms—no showers or sanitation. It is a different way of life here—in a harsh but beautiful environment.

The children are precious as they climb into our laps and giggle. I can’t help but wonder how they can be so happy with so little. The truth is, they don’t see what they don’t have—they see what they do have.

Time with family is considered one of their most valuable possessions. In fact it is one of their only possessions. In the light of so much illness and disease—so much death, one may think that life would seem less valuable somehow. After all, the loss of a child is common in their society. Most parents have had to bury several.

But the value they place on life is extremely high. Every moment is precious, and they deeply mourn the loss of a loved one—or anyone in their village for that matter. I can only imagine how God must see these sweet people. And it makes me realize how much work lies ahead of us.

As we have been caring for these children this week, it has become clear that we will only scratch the surface.

In this land where the panthers wander the countryside, the snakes are feared, and the bugs are as big as most of our pets back home, this land is no less valued to God than ours. We are not entitled to what we have over these people—we are just blessed.

I don’t say this to try to convict anyone—this is not a soapbox moment. I am simply focusing the fact that we need to remember that we are not better than anyone here, or anywhere. We are a people incredibly blessed—we need to take that seriously, responsibly, and actively. Sometimes that means going where there are no beds … or potties. We would love to have you join us next time.

For now, pray for them, and think about coming with us.