Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What Happens When You Go There

This day was everything that a good June 1st should be. Not too hot, easy breezy (lemon squeazy), shiny as a copper pot, flower-blooming, friend-hugging, baby-kissing perfection.

But I'm a complicated girl, and in spite of the wonder of this Wednesday, my head is tilt-a-whirling and my heart is beating hard for the journey my friend Emily is on right now.

She is in the Philippines with Compassion International. She's sharing all that she's faced with, which today included a styrofoam raft ride through feces infested waters.

This is real.

This is how people live.

I think of John and Carmen and Sophia - our Compassion "kiddos" scattered in far corners of the globe - in a brand new light. They write us letters and draw us pictures and we know they must be poor, but I had never really grasped the conditions in which they live.

Go here and read. Be ready to really see. Be willing to wrestle with it a bit. Be prepared to act, whatever that might mean.


ps - Cory's brother Landon and his wife Lori are leaving for a 2-month missions trip to Burkina Faso, Africa later this week. It has been so exciting to watch God's hand in their lives over the past year and it's hard to believe that the time has come for them to GO!
To follow their journey, click here.