On the second day of our hike in Nepal we got to interact with about 100 children who were students at a boarding school. In spite of their weathered clothes and sockless feet, there were plenty of smiles and laughter.
The young students loved the thumb wrestling games we taught them; they giggled at the pictures of their chapped faces that stared back from our cell phones. They sang to us and recited chants to honor us as guests. The entire 90 minutes was filled with laughter and joy, for both students and the team. How can a heart turn from an innocent child?
Kids are kids all over the world I thought, but as we were leaving, I asked our guide, “What do these children have to hope for once they leave this school?” He spoke in somber tones, “They only hope to survive.”
Please read his answer again. Slowly.
Their environment is harsh. Their work is burdensome. And their health often is fleeting. Nearly 50% of children die before they reach the age of eight years old!
When I asked the question about what they had to look forward to once they finished school, I had imagined an answer similar to what I would hear in our context: we have the privilege of living our lives to make a difference – to change the world for the benefit of others.
So if they are unable to change their world, then how might I impact both their world and mine? How might I live with both a local and a global view of making a difference? (By the way, these are questions I invite you to ask of yourself.)
My best answer to these questions is through strategic partnerships. Who shares our convictions and who are we working beside to make a difference around the world? I have begun to connect and develop relationships with those making a significant impact on the lives of the Nepali people. Pray that God will reveal a partnership in your life.
The Apostle Paul put it this way:
[Christ] makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)
God has designed His Body of Believers to fit together so well that we grow in our love and ability to make a difference all around the globe as “each part does it own special work.” I think my special work has both a local and a global outlet… and I would suggest yours does as well. With whom are you developing a strategic partnership in order to be better together and change the world for Christ and His cause?
Once you find the answer to that question, please join me to invite others to engage in your strategic partnership. These groups are out there; think of how much change we can implement if we work together to change the world.
Here to make a difference in your life and theirs,