Aug 23 2013

It's Not a Matter of How, but How Not?

Have you ever seen something that you will NEVER be able to ‘unsee’?  That is exactly what I have experienced in India.  My emotions are completely raw, I have just seen the worst poverty that I have ever seen in my life.

Thank you for watching the videos of our trip. If you haven’t already, they tell only part of the story. I wish there was a way for you to experience the smells of the Gatumpoori slum as you watch, it is unlike anything I have ever experienced.  Sadly, what we saw was not even the worst of it.  

The families, in this slum, live on less than $1/day… Let’s be honest, it’s not living, it’s merely existing… People should not live like this!  

They don’t have to, YOU can invite one of these kids to be apart of your family TODAY, these kids desperately need your help!  Right now, ONLY 200 of the 1,000 kids we are hoping to sponsor, are sponsored. 

During our visit, I had to step away from the group for a while just to pull myself together because I was an emotional wreck.  A typical family home is smaller than our smallest bedrooms, for many there is no bed, only pillows, made from whatever they can find. A hot plate to cook on, no bathroom; open sewage runs down the street, and when it rains, like it did today, the streets are flooded with raw sewage.  

People pick through the garbage to try and find anything of value and something to eat, children barely eat here, much less, go to school.  So guess what happens, the cycle of poverty continues to grow!  1/3 of the World’s poor live in India, and the problem is growing!  I would really appreciate you praying about helping World Vision change these kids’ lives… The question isn’t “How can I do that”, but rather, “How can I not?”

I was just reading Matthew 25 again today. I think most are familiar with Jesus saying that when we cared for “the least of these, the forgotten,” that it’s as if we have done it for Jesus himself… I think most of us stop right there and think to ourselves, oh that’s nice, and politely move on. You REALLY should read on! 

In this parable, Jesus was sharing, about the ‘sheep’ (those who follow Him, doing the things that He calls us to), and the ‘goats’, (those who heard the Truth, but chose to ignore it, move on) and here is what Jesus said, 

“Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—

I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

44 “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’

45 “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’

46 “Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.”

So the question isn’t “How can I sponsor a child?”

The question is “How can I NOT?”

Aug 23 2013

Scott doing the "Screw in the Lightbulb" dance

You voted, and yes, I listened! I guess you want to see me dance, and here it is! A local dance commonly known as the "Screw in the Lighbulb" Dance...I need a nap...

Aug 22 2013

You Are Making A Difference in India - Sumit's story

We have made it to New Delhi, India!  New Delhi is a city of 14 million people, it is a city with a long, rich history of being built and re-built, from the invasion and rule of Islamic moguls, to British occupation, Delhi has served as a capital city for thousands of years, and is considered to be one of the World’s oldest cities.

The occupying force in Delhi today is not another country, it is poverty!  Delhi’s growing poverty problem leaves many completely void of hope! To give you a little perspective of the need, 1/3 of the World’s poor live in India, 33% live on less than a $1/ day, nearly 70% live on less than $2/day… Not an hour, that would be horrible enough… but less than $1-$2 A DAY!!!  

These truly are the “least of these”, they have been cast off by just about everyone, that’s why it is so important for us to help them through World Vision child sponsorship.  World Vision is working here in the slums of Delhi, to bring hope and change the lives of children and their communities.  For what you will spend taking your family through the drive thru for a few value meals, you can change the life a child and give them HOPE!  

On this journey to show Love Around The Word, we have seen child sponsor do WONDERS!  In fact today we met, Sumit, he is 5 years old and lives with his family of 4, in a very small 1 bedroom home with a small porch.  The total living area is about the size of a small bedroom.  

The slum where Sumit lives is filled with garbage and raw sewage, and the description of the smells that we encountered would not be done justice by anything that I write here.  Sumit’s family is in desperate need of help, and thanks to Marcus, a KLOVE listener from Moline, IL., they are getting it! 

We were the first visitors that had ever had to their home, and we were welcomed with open arms.  Sumit’s parents said that Marcus’ sponsorship was an answer to prayer.  They shared, through tears, that they would not be able to make it with out World Vision’s help.  Sumit is such a bright boy, and his mother said she is so grateful for his education, because she now believes that his dreams will come true.  I asked Sumit what he wants to do, and he said he wants to be a doctor, so he can help people.

I have no doubt that he will make it!  Because of Marcus’ sponsorship, Sumit’s family is not only getting much needed food, and clean drinking water, but they now have hope that his education will help break the chain of poverty in his family.

Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you have answered Jesus’ call to love others, to love “the least of these”, your sponsorship can change a life of a little boy, like Sumit, his family and their village.  

Thanks for following Marcus’ lead, and sponsor a child TODAY.  Kids like Sumit need your help desperately!  Just click the sponsorship link at