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Dirty Converse

May 25, 2009
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Compassion International’s mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. 


Spiritual poverty.  Economic poverty.  Social poverty.  And physical poverty.  


So their reach is to the poorest of the poor.  The poorest neighborhoods and villages – and then to the poorest who live in those places.


That’s where we’ve been today. 


Surrounded
by children and moms who are not just poor – but many of whom are also
HIV positive and infected with Malaria.  Including several children
who, as a result, probably won’t live to be older than two or three
years old.


And so now I’m back in my air conditioned hotel room trying to figure out how in the hell to process it all…


…while I stare at my dirty shoes. 


Shoes that cost more than most of these people will make in three or four months.


If they’re lucky.


To be honest, it’s just overwhelming.  Confusing.  And more than anything, it’s a painful reminder that our world, is in fact, broken.


That’s all for now. 


No
need to comment words of “encouragement” or promises from the
scriptures, or anything else that so many of us want to offer after
reading a post like this.  I know all that.  And I know there’s hope. 
I’ve seen a good bit of it today – even in the midst of the mess.


But for now, I just need to feel it. 


Then after that…..I’ll go clean my shoes and blog some hope.



2 Responses to “Dirty Converse”

  1. Jordan Eichelberger says:

    Scott, Ill do as you request in the end of this blog, but wow. thanks man, this is some good stuff for us who fall victim to consumerism. very eye opening

  2. Kirsten says:

    Scott,
    This so resonated with me. When my husband and I went to Rwanda a few years ago, I spent so much time “just feeling it,” and praying that I wouldn’t come back to the US and stop “feeling it”. God does offer hope and promise, but He relies on us to deliver some of that hope and promise, and if we don’t “feel it,” and feel it hard, He won’t be able to use us as effectively. I’d love to sit down and hear about your experience when you get back. I had to process all kinds of stuff about my local ministry in East Aurora and it’s importance given the extreme poverty I had just experienced. I’m sure you know this, but this trip will mess with your brain and your heart for a long time! :)

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