But what about all the kids in our own country?
These words ring in my ears and break my heart. Do we have needs in America? Yes. Should we care about the poor, the hurting, the trafficked and homeless and hungry in America? Again a resounding yes.
However, often times the scenario looks something like this.
Me… “Here is an opportunity to change a kids life. http://www.teamworldvision.org/kilimanjaro”
American…”but what about all the kids in America. I am tired of us sending all our money overseas to help their kids when we don’t take care of our own.”
Me… So how much have you been giving and doing for “our kids”?
American… “well, ummm, nobody is really doing much here to work with and give to.”
Me… Oh so the answer is nothing. So what are you going to do about that? What ministry are you going to start for our precious children? What have you proactively looked for to make a difference?
It doesn’t surprise me how quickly this conversation is ended or topic is changed or said American angrily leaves.
I wouldn’t have a problem with the issue if people could honestly say they were involved or if equal opportunity was given that they would act upon it. The problem I have is to say “what about ours” like we somehow care and then continue to do nothing.
However, this is a deeper spiritual Issue for me.
God is not an American! I know that is a shock to some.
God’s heart is for the poor and broken, enslaved and marginalized. God’s heart is for hurting people. These folks are in every country. It is sad how geography makes us identify with a broken person differently.
If we took 100 different kids from 100 different countries, none of them personally known by you. How would you decide which one to help? What criteria would you use? Do you help the American? Which one is the American… The white one? Nobody knows. They all have the same need and they all can be helped the same way. And you have the means… How do you choose?
For us to think a hurting American is somehow more special and more deserving of my help is spiritually sickening to me.
Now please don’t misunderstand me. I AM NOT SAYING WE SHOULD NOT HELP AMERICAN CHILDREN! But an American child is no more valuable to God than a Thai, African, chinese … child. And simply because they live in America doesn’t mean you know them and have a personal relationship or connection to that child any more than the child you don’t know anywhere else in the world.
Does geography matter to God when it comes to helping his hurting children? If not why does it matter so much to us.
I think God simply wants his children to HELP His hurting children!
So if you are doing nothing for the children in America… Please stop using them as an excuse to do nothing for children in Tanzania. And if you are “spending yourself on behalf of the poor” (Isaiah 58) in America, then I thank God for you! Keep up the great work!
It is interesting to note that many of the people who are actively involved here are also actively involved overseas… I think it is because they see the world the way God does… Without borders!
How do you see the world?
If you would like to change a child’s life forever you can do that for $35.00 per month. Click on the link below and sponsor a child. A team of 10 of us are climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in a couple months with a desire to change 500 children’s lives. I have a personal goal of sponsoring 100 children. I am half way there. Please put my name (Darrell MacLearn) in the “Athlete name” when you sponsor a child and then treat that child like you adopted him/her. It will change their life as well as your own.