Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's Personal

So, I'm reading a new book.

Read it.


I promise it will be worth it.

This book asks the question "What does God expect of us?" Is our faith just about going to church, studying the Bible and avoiding the most serious sins--or does God expect more? Have we embraced the whole gospel or a gospel with a hole in it?

To me, this book is confirming and challenging and the cold hard truth. "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." -Flannery O'Connor

Bare with me.


As I type this, my heart breaks for the people of Japan, as it should. Our nation is gripped by this recent tragedy; you can hardly turn on the tv without hearing something about the suffering. The death toll from the earthquake/tsunami in Japan will most likely reach 10,000. Japan most certainly needs our efforts and our prayers, but I want to tell you about another tragedy. Yesterday 26,500 children died of preventable causes related to poverty. Today 26,500 children are dying of preventable causes related to poverty. Tomorrow 26,500 children will die of preventable causes related to poverty. And the next day, and the next, and the next. Almost 10 million children this year.

How can that be?! And why does the world chose to look the other way? Is it because these are not 'our' children; because they are someone else's children? Is it because it's not personal?

It's personal for me and, with everything in me, I would like to make it more personal for you.

Did you know?

Out of 6.4 billion people in the world:

1 in 7 does not get enough to eat.

First meat meal in a month

1 in 6 does not have access to safe water.

School age boys, fetching water for their families instead of attending school.

1 in 6 does not have access to basic healthcare.

Precious Shumate

1 in 2 lives on less than $2 a day.

Sweet Jane

33.2 million are living with HIV.

Gnawie was orphaned because she has HIV

Every 7 seconds, a child dies from hunger related causes.

Darling Fabrice

Every 30 seconds, a child dies from malaria.

Tarrefe AKA Bubba

Roughly every minute, 3 children die because of unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.

Nearly 1 in 4 adults cannot read or write. 

The statistics are staggering, but the people are real. The suffering is real. The crisis is real.

It's personal.

Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: "He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.
-2 Corinthians 8:13-15

We are all children of God; none better or more deserving than another. How would your current situation in life be different if you weren't afforded these most basic necessities? How could you help provide these basic necessities to a child in need?



Chelsea said...

Tears are streaming. You say it all so well. And not because you are trying to sound well-versed or educated on social statistics...but because your heart overflows with absolute passion for these sweet ones. Love you.

tara said...

The same passion flows from you. You are an inspiration to me and I'm so thankful for our friendship. I love you!

Steffanie Riley said...

I love Flannery O'Conner. She is/was? awesome! You're posts are always so inspiring. :) Love them!

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