As we look at the problems of the world, we often lament: How can I really even make a difference? I'm just one person!
But consider this: Has ONE PERSON ever made a difference in YOUR life?
There is a heart-breaking true story told by a grown woman – recalling an incident from when she was just 10 years old – walking home from school. Along the way, she was assaulted by a group of teenage boys who knocked her to the ground and laughed wildly as they beat her up: kicking her, pulling her hair, hitting her and scratching her face while she screamed and cried.
As she was struggling and crying, she saw a boy standing across the street on the sidewalk, silently watching. So she screamed at the top of her lungs, "Help meeeee!"
He just stood there.
She screamed again, "Go get someone!"
He didn't move.
The teen boys eventually gave her one last shove before they ran off, leaving her with not just physical injuries - but a traumatized soul.
All around the world, this kind of physical abuse and “soul trauma” is taking place on a daily basis - only to a more horrifying degree. Many are living in bonded slavery, in poverty; many are persecuted for their faith in Christ; the painful stories abound.
And so we pose the question: Are we going to be like the boy across the sidewalk? Aware of their plight, but standing silent and unmoved? Do we think that because these problems are out of our physical sight, that God is okay with our lack of compassion?
God is very clear: Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. ~ Psalm 82:3
All around the world, individuals are screaming out: Help meeeee! Go get someone!
We want hurting people to know that help is on the way. One of the ways we accomplish this is by further developing our students in their God-given gifts and abilities before sending them back to their home countries to continue serving those in need.
Can one person really make a difference? We know our answer. What's yours?