Since my return to the states from a recent trip to Mozambique with my sons and a local youth pastor, I am still reflecting on how different the rest of the world lives.
This year and next in the US, there will be hundreds of conferences and a many conversations over coffee revolving around the topic of justice and the church. Some of these exchanges will actually be worth the effort. But some will be mere talk. I’m concerned about the latter group.It is not okay to spend the equivalent of an at risk child’s livelihood for a year on a conference about poverty… and then do nothing. It is not okay to drink a $4 espresso drink, while chatting with friends about “how bad” we feel about “those poor people”, and then do nothing.
It is unacceptable that 27 million people in the world are living in slavery. Then there's over a billion living on less than $1 a day. It's hard to fathom that over 800 million do not have access to clean drinking water. There is no question that the Church ought to be light in a world so dark. The question is will the Church be the light that is needed?
It will take more than slapping on our wrist a ONE Campaign bracelet, or going without food for a day. Especially when $32/month can rescue a child from poverty and help transform an entire community where he/she lives.
Sounds pretty simple. Love mercy. Do justice. Walk humbly. I didn't say easy, but it is simple.
I recently returned from a drought-parched community called Gorongosa, Mozambique. It had not rained there since March! They had many crops planted in very rich soil, yet the harvest would be small because of lack of rain. We took the Light of Jesus to a land that was dark from the evils and traditions of witchcraft and and ancestral spirits. We prayed for rain, we prayed for healing, we added input to community leaders about malaria prevention, we trained and encouraged pastors, and we walked for miles in the bush of Africa to visit over 24 sponsored children in their homes. We built relationships with new friends and leaders halfway around the globe that we intend to continue to pray and fast for.
Like I said, not easy, but it is simple. the Church must arise to be the light in the darkness!
To get personally involved in stamping out global poverty by sponsoring a child, check out www.willetonline.com or www.questcc.org.