15 Seconds

9 Jun

Blog post by Emily H., Team Uganda 2011

15 Seconds….

Did you know that in the time it took you to click on the link you got in this email and begin reading this blog post, another child in Africa has become an orphan due to AIDS?  Read two or three more sentences and you have a second AIDS orphan.  Finish this blog post and you have another 4 or 5 depending on how fast you read.  Did you also know that in the same time span, 7 orphans have aged out of the system and have no place to call home and no family to turn to?  “But, people are adopting children all the time, aren’t they?” you ask.  People are adopting, nearly 250,000 children are adopted every year, which is a blessing, but think about the children who don’t get adopted? Most of the dangers to the orphaned in our world are topics we don’t like to discuss.  They aren’t “comfortable” topics.  And rightly so. We don’t want to think about children going through these things so instead of trying to do something about it so they don’t have to, we have a tendency to ignore it.  We, as followers of Christ, need to open our eyes and especially our arms to the children of our world.  We need to stop ignoring the facts.  As Americans, we don’t want to think that slavery still exists and that 8.4 million children are involved in slavery (www.compasion.com).  We don’t want to think about the little boys and girls who are forced into prostitution.  Children……What kind of life is that?  We want to turn a blind eye to the children who are hurting so badly that they turn to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain because they know no other way.  I’m reminded of the passage in James 1:23-24.  “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”  Think about that.  Who does that?  Who looks at themselves in a mirror and walks away wondering if they have blonde hair or black hair, a big nose or a small nose, blue eyes or brown?  If I gave you 15 seconds in front of a mirror, I imagine you could very easily give me a very accurate description of yourself.  But we are doing that spiritually.  God has called us to love the least of these.  He has called us to be advocates for the orphan and widow.  For those who cannot speak up for themselves.  These are children, boys and girls, who God loves dearly!  Shouldn’t we be doing the same?

In 15 seconds, a child’s life changes forever.  In 15 seconds, a child can go from being a child to having to be an adult.  In 15 seconds, a child can be kidnapped and exploited, handed over as a prostitute, placed on the front lines of a civil war as an “expendable life”, or left on the street to fend for themselves.  In 15 seconds, a child’s life changes forever.

What can you do in 15 seconds?

Emily will be serving on the Uganda Journey 117 Team leaving in June 2011.

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