Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, December 17, 2010

How come?

Did you know that I am going to run the marathon for clean water?  You can read down a few posts to hear the story. 

Yesterday a friend of mine kind of tilted her head - when I said 'what?' (because people usually have some opinion about how I give too much) she said asked why I didn't do something for people here.  How come people don't adopt from here? 

I simply said, 'don't drink water (or any other beverage) for a week or add dirt to your water while you drink it'.  I am well aware that there is need here.  And I try to help here too.  And I don't mean to be a jerk, but I was listening to the commercial for Charity Motors (which is a great charity) and they were talking about people who need cars.  Please note, you don't NEED a car, it is a great blessing, and may be necessity for you to get to work and we could go 'round and 'round about how you gonna get to work without one...  But you don't NEED one to live, you NEED water. 

Our goal:  $4000 enough money to get a well for some beautiful Africans.  Please see BloodWaterMission

I'm going to go open a bank account just for this very purpose.  I'm personally going to get money direct deposited to it.  People NEED water, and I feel called to raise money and run for it. 

When Jesus saved my life, when He touched my heart, when His blessings are over flowing, its hard to sit and do nothing.  Even the littlest things matter, to someone.

Thank You Lord for saving me.  Thank You for being born on a cold winter's night so that we may have life, thank You for your never ending blessings.  Thank You for sacrificing Your life, for mine.

Matt 25:31-40  31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


Constance said...

It amazes me sometimes how people will have something to say about our desire to help others less fortunate that don't live in our hometown, our nation. Not that I am saying this about a friend of yours but just as a general observation.

Sometimes I think others feel guilty or convicted because they are doing nothing. They view the needs out there as SO overwhelming that they don't believe that one person can actually make a difference, so why try? It is entirely possible living in the land of abundance and over-indulgence like we Americans do, to contribute to BOTH!

The poor will always be with us, Jesus even said so; but when God lays it on our heart to sacrifice for something, we can either turn our ears away or join in and experience a blessing that will knock our socks off!

Jada's Gigi said...

Yes, the poor and needy are with us always...but thank God you feel called to this particular area...He is faithful to press on our hearts what He has for us individually to do.

JessicaChubb said...

It is amazing how people can use American Pride as a crutch for not helping. I love America and am proud to live here. But the reality is our poorest of the poor are rich in comparison to the poor around the world. I know that you help the poor here (I have seen it with my own eyes. ;)

But I think we are narrow minded when we begin to think that God is only calling us to help those in our own backyard.

And we have had the same questions. Some absolute strangers have been offended that we would dare adopt a child from Africa when their are children here who need homes. I would like to be bold enough to say, "You are right, they do need homes. You adopt one from here and I will adopt one from there." I may be that bold sometime.

I love your heart to give wherever God leads!

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