Can We Be Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things?

Can We Be Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things?

“They are treating us to dinner,” my translator informed me.  Five adults, four children, and a baby climbed into a truck. After a bumpy ride down the mountain, we were all relieved to arrive in front of a small convenience store.  The pastor’s wife handed each person one tapioca bread roll and a bottle of water.

Seriously? This is dinner?  I tried to conceal my disappointment.

During our dinner conversation, I learned that three of the four children were orphans adopted by the pastor and his wife.  The baby belonged to the remaining young girl.  They rescued her from a sexually abusive father, who had impregnated her.

Staring into the smiling faces of these innocent children, I felt the power of God’s love working through this lovely couple.  Clearly, they were living on very limited funds.  To assume physical, emotional and spiritual responsibility of raising five children seemed absolutely amazing.

Could I do something like that?  Could I be that selfless?  That courageous?  Or generous? Continue reading

Ambassadors of Hope

Ambassadors of Hope

The unbearable ache was like a tight fist crushing around my heart. Cowardly, I took refuge in a tiny infant room packed with adorable babies. As I tried to regain my composure, hot tears of shame poured down my cheeks. The beckoning stares and twisted limbs of young children squirming in stained cribs with soiled diapers awoke me from what I thought was a noble, yet romantic notion of working with orphans in a third world country. The heartbreaking reality of their living condition overwhelmed and frightened me.

I cried because I felt helpless and hopeless.

What could I possibly do when their needs are so great, and I am just one person?

I am not equipped with proper training or resources to make any difference?Continue reading