Today was one of those “painful reminder” days in Africa. Surrounded by abject poverty and squalor, needs sometimes beyond belief can be a heartbreaking and humbling experience. After 4 years in Africa it can become easy to forget how incredibly blessed I am and I always ask God to please never never let me become calloused to the needs around me. My natural tendency is to become hardened to the daily reality of all the needs I see…its easier that way to avoid the feelings of pain and compassion that rise up in these situations. As He always does, God came through in answered prayer and reminded me why I do what I do.
We had a team here from Destiny Church, Missouri this past week. There were some doughnuts left from their visit that had sat in the office way too long, they were getting a little “fuzzy”. Of course they went in the trash, as I was leaving the office this morning I saw a very dirty, emaciated man digging through our trash. Really felt I wanted to stop and chat with him and saw he was excitedly eating those same doughnuts that I had turned up my nose at just a few hours earlier. Instant heartache and overwhelming pain ripped at me, quickly replaced by a need to do something for him. The simple act of giving him the 3 dollars I had in my pocket brought a priceless look of joy to his face. Prayed for him and found his name was Blessing!!! Just another quick reminder and answered prayer from God that I need to be thankful daily for His provision in my life and the things I have are not just for me. Being able to help that man in just a small way helped me see him through the eyes of Jesus, and even more importantly…. to love Jesus and his people more than I did yesterday. Thanks to all my friends, family and financial partners that allowed me to make a difference today for one. Hoping for another opportunity tomorrow.
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