I’m not going to lie. Today was a difficult day.
I’ve been sick as a dog for the past 24hrs. I’m talking the kind of sick where you start praying those crazy prayers. Those “God I promise I’ll never…God if you get me through this I’ll do whatever you want… I’ll even go to India and be a missionary.” Oh crap, I’m already a missionary in India so I guess I got nothing.
Against the advisement of some wise people I chose to go on today’s excursion. Trust me when I say the video WILL NOT do it justice. We took the bus as far as we could go and then jumped on rickshaws. The only good thing about this road trip was the company (Keely on the way there, and Melissa on the way back) and the incredible project where we eventually arrived. It was a child survival project which focuses on helping moms with their newborn through 3 year-old children.
The whole way there I kept thinking, Where in the heck are we going? This is truly the middle of nowhere. I was reminded of this verse in Acts…
Acts 13: 47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
” ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ “
Today more than 26,500 children will die of preventable causes related to their poverty. And guess what? It will happen again tomorrow… and the next day… and the next. Around 10 million children will be dead in the course of a year.
How do we live with this? How does this not dominate our minds?
Because for the most part it happens on “the ends of the earth.” Let’s be honest. We simply have less empathy for people who live faraway. Richard Stearns said, “Our compassion for others seems to be directly correlated to whether people are close to us socially emotionally, culturally, ethnically, economically, and geographically.”
This makes total sense. It’s why if you hear a child was killed in a car accident you might find it sad, however if the child was one that lives in your neighborhood…one you saw on a regular basis…one who you knew the name of…it would stop you dead in your tracks.
We’re numb toward “the ends of the earth” and yet God has clearly called us to go there. And not JUST go there, but go there with His light.
You might not be able to jump in a rickshaw and take the “road trip” I took today, but you can be God’s light here. You can go to “the ends of the earth” right now, RIGHT HERE.
You can make a difference.
**I just heard Tuesday was the largest single day of child sponsorship for any Compassion blogging trip ever. You guys are the best.**