July 26, 2013 - Radical Hope

I admit it—I enjoy luxury. As a human it’s in my genetic makeup.

Leza, African children, the forgotten children

So what’s wrong with surrounding myself with the best of the best and making that my goal? After all, I work hard so I deserve it, right?

There was a time when I believed that, but spending time outside the U.S., I am reminded that I have no right to that luxury at all.

As Americans, we would like to think that the world revolves around us, at least to some degree. But it doesn’t.

It should be no surprise then that God is doing incredible things all over the world by raising up people to carry out His plan. And that plan is to spread His Word to every tribe and every nation.

As we travel to distant lands to offer medical care, we are overcome by the generosity of our hosts. They gave to us and to others without thinking of themselves. They offered their best, and held nothing back.

They are setting the bar for generosity and outreach—can we do less than our very best and learn from their example?

It is a humbling experience to be led and fed by others—to have someone else minister to you rather than helping them.

I don’t live in danger or wonder where my next meal is coming from, but they do. I don’t fear for my life because of my faith—but they do. I have never had a loved one killed because they looked wrong at someone in authority or refused to deny God, but they have.

I am honored to serve with them and call them my friends. I look forward to the day I return to their country.