"If you can't feed one hundred people then feed just one" ~ Mother Teresa
We were walking to the road to catch a motor bike when a young little blessing came barreling from the corner jumping into the arms of Lisa, a missionary who had just returned back to Congo. This little girl's name was Evette and Evette loves Lisa. Evette's story isn't uncommon. She is one of several kids living in a little wooden shack in the middle of an active war zone. Nightly facing the fear of raids, gun shots, and rape, Evette also daily deals with effects of malnutrition. JRI's awesome missionaries felt moved to do all they could to help Evette and through Holy Spirit strategy came up with a plan to help feed not only Evette, but her whole family. It's just one kid and it's just one family in the midst of countless others, but each person has a name and is known by their Creator.
"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty, than the person who has nothing to eat" ~ Mother Teresa
In DR-Congo we're dealing with a nation of people that for the most part have been forgotten by the world around them. Ignored due to twenty years of consistent war, their needs, hurts, and struggles are largely dismissed. Not many people want to go into a war zone to usher in change because the risk and price are great and the reward perhaps seems quite small, but what about the needs in my own nation?
What about the countless war veterans sleeping under bridges after serving their countries loyally and now after plagued with mental trauma they are ignored and left to themselves in a nation of peace and blessing? What about the children who go home to empty houses because their parents are off on another drug binge? What about that one sitting on the bench over there battling fear and loneliness? What about the needs I pass on a daily basis?
"God has not called me to be successful, He's called me to be faithful" ~Mother Teresa
The story of the Good Samaritan simplifies the gospel, just take time to stop and love. I like what Heidi Baker often says,"the gospel of LOVE is not complicated, it's simple. We just make it complicated so that we have an excuse for why we don't have to do it!." All around us there is massive amounts of people that are Starving For Love. They're broken, they're hurting, they're forgotten, they're mistreated, they may have empty bellies, but they may very well have full ones, and they aren't in less poverty because of this fact.
Take the time to stop for one in front of you. Stop for the one who looks alone. Stop for one who looks hungry. God may send you to poverty or war stricken people of other nations, but He might just have you go into the neighborhoods of your own city. The needs may look different, but they aren't "less" of a need. He loves them all.
We don't have to change the world alone, we just need to be faithful to stop for one.
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to cause many ripples" ~Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa's diligence to love the one in front of her has inspired millions more after her to do the same. She saw in the Word, the love of Jesus for the hurting and she was faithful to simply do what she could, where she was. Imagine if we all took up the same challenge. Love those around you and obey as God leads you.
"Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love" ~Mother Teresa