Love With Skin On

21 Apr

Blog post by Carol, Team Uganda 2011

My parents spent WWII in Germany.  Their families fled their original homes/cities for safety.  They waited in camps for their turns to come to the U.S.  They were fortunate in so many ways.  Only one immediate family member died.  No immigration quotas in the U.S. allowed them a relatively short wait.  They had access to education, safety, housing, food, etc. as soon as they arrived in their new home country.  Their new lives were quickly filled with peace & prosperity.  They have always been grateful for our country.

Knowing their story, I have always had compassion for those who can’t return to their homes.  Even more for those who not only can’t go back, they can’t move forward either as no other country will take them in.  Worse yet, those who’ve lost loved ones – multiple loved ones – and have multiple loved ones suffering from horrendous physical & emotional wounds and diseases.  Worse yet, those with no hope of education, work, safety, housing, quality food, etc. ever.  The vast majority of people who have sought safe haven in refugee/IDP camps around the world will languish the rest of their lives in them due to the minimal quotas most free world countries have on annual refugee/assylee admittance.  No country seems to want another country’s problems.  How tragic these precious people, created by our very same Father & saved by our very same Messiah, are so often regarded only as unwanted problems.  It could have been us born there & them born here….

My heart breaks for all people in these situations, not just children.  I relate more to the good Samaritan story than to scriptures relating to orphans.  I believe we are to view & tenderly care for all people as our brothers & sisters regardless of their heritage as the good Samaritan did.

God has allowed me to meet distant relatives in East Germany before the wall came down.  They were living with much less than we had, yet I recognized they were fortunate the Allied forces had intervened (served) before even more lives were lost & they were fortunate the Allied forces had brought food & helped the country rebuild.  Serving others & laying down one’s life for others in the name of Christ is love in motion or love with skin on. True religion reflects God’s active, comprehensive, indiscriminant love.

Carol will be serving on the Uganda 2011 Journey 117 team in June. She currently lives in Illinois.

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