What if it really were a thing of the past, like rotary dial pay phones?
What if the concept of poverty had to be explained to our children like the concept of making one’s own vinegar, bread yeast starter, or having ice delivered for the ice box?
What if poverty were a thing unknown?
What if we didn’t have to travel across town or across continents to see its devastating effects? What if we never felt the conflicted inner drama when the television portrayed images of listless, half-clothed children held by crying mothers?
(Please read the rest of the post here at New Covenant Foundations blog….)
In 1999 we met Werku Gole, our first Ethiopian friend. My husband and I were challenged and inspired by his love for his country, his passionate faith in God, his perseverance in the face of real persecution. We wanted to go to Ethiopia.
But God had different ideas. Over the next ten years, our lives involved plenty of ups and downs, a few job changes, two more kids and a move to a new house, among many other changes and challenges. In 2008, a quiet stirring and something like a discontent began to stir in Angelo, and me, and even our kids. What purpose might an American family have besides pursuing an American dream?
Too jaded to believe we could change “the world” we began to seek ways to allow changes to move and mold our values.
We began by buying coffee, fairly traded, responsibly sourced, community-minded coffee from Ethiopia. We drink copious quantities of the stuff. This led to one thing and another and by fall, 2009, we’d kissed our kiddos and boarded the first of a series of long flights to Africa.
Just to see. Because whether or not we’d ever be missionaries, adoptive parents, ministry partners, we knew God was leading us to LOOK. To pay attention to people He knows and loves and see how He’s working in their lives. And friends, He is working! We get to be a small part of it AND raise our family here in America, but with a a greater awareness of his purpose for us as believers reaching the world with the love of Jesus Christ. I guess, in a small way, we get to be world-changers after all.
And that is all I know about being a world-changer:
taking small steps toward the change you know needs to be made in your thinking, your values, your consumerism, your faith. As you edge toward change, God will take your hand.
Ready for an adventure?