I have an admission. When a commercial comes on showing starving children, I change the channel. Before you judge me – it’s not because I don’t care. It’s because I do. It hurts me to watch children hurt. At first, I watched – and gave to the cause. Then, I changed the channel – and gave later. Eventually, I changed the channel – and stopped giving to the cause. I turned my eyes from the crisis and allowed myself to marginalize the issues.
A few months ago, I was caught off guard. A friend sent a link to a video of a guy who had a similar life path as me. He lived a life that had no resemblance to the image of God in which he was created. Then, God got a hold of his heart and he became a child of God. As he learned to love God more, he began to take on God’s passions. Sounds like me.
But then, the unexpected happened. He began to tell the story of how God’s passions opened his eyes and he began to see… them.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
He told how he volunteered for the Mercy Ships (floating hospitals that offer free surgical procedures to people in developing countries). He told how he watched thousands of people with tumors and malformations on their bodies receive new life through these surgeries, but tens of thousands would be turned away. I cried as I watched the newly smiling faces and the masses being turned away. He learned that the overwhelming cause of this disease and malformation was dirty drinking water.
I watched image after image of people forced to walk miles to fill a 40 pound plastic canisters with water. Every day they’d make the trek. With that 5 gallon canister of water they’d have to choose how much was used for hygiene and how much was used for drinking. To make matters worse, the water was absolutely filthy – I would not serve it to my dogs. Yet, that is all they could access, so that is what they drank.
I sat back and I cried – I admit it. I cried because I saw… them.
I am so blessed. I have so much. I take so much for granted.
Here’s how I am trying to make a difference: GoGiveWell.com. Watch the video at the bottom of that page. Do you see them? Will you join me?