Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Can we change the world?

The blog idea today is to share some way that you dream about changing the world.

"Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world, when He can do something about it... But I'm afraid He might ask me the same question." -Anonymous

I read this on an adoption blog a few months ago and it really resonated with me. God was moving in my heart and I began to pray that He would show me something that this mama could do boldly for Him. He answered that prayer and began to really open my eyes to the orphan crisis in Africa.

Now don't get me wrong, we have an orphan crisis in America too. There are children that need homes. And don't even get me started on the abortion EPIDEMIC that is reality here.

But the orphan crisis is on a MUCH larger scale in Africa. My heart broke when I saw a documentary by Sixty Feet just days after we heard about the twins in Ug*nda needing a home. The children in the documentary are living in unspeakable conditions and God used a small group from a church in Atlanta to go there and help. You really should check out the amazing things that God is doing through the ministry of Sixty Feet. I sat in the room that night and thanked God that I was there to see the film. As hard as it was for me to watch, I needed to see it. I needed to have my heart broken for what breaks His.

The way to change the orphan crisis in Africa is not adoption. That will help, but not eradicate the problem. We have to be on the ground, helping, equipping, encouraging and bringing light to the gospel there.

That's my dream to change the world. Tim says that I will step off the plane in Ug*nda and call him and tell him to pack up the kids because we are moving to Africa. I don't know about that.

I really, really hate bugs.

But seriously, I don't know how I will feel. I have never been out of my comfort zone like that. The extent of my mission work has been to facilitate a VBS for a small church in Michigan by walking through the neighborhoods and inviting "underprivileged" children to come. I have never seen poverty and need up close and personal like I will experience in Africa. And as hard as it's going to be to see it, I pray that God will use that knowledge to help me change the world.


Becky Ryder said...

LOL! I want to do the same thing, be a missionary. Someday hopefully...after another adoption or so. BTW, the bugs are not that bad in Uganda. We only saw flies, mosquitoes, and a really cool moth.

taylor said...

so awesome that you are connected to sixty feet!