Tag Archives: David Platt “Radical”

Seeing Changes Everything…

19 Nov

Blog post by Carly C., Team Ethiopia 2011

“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes…” – David Platt, “Radical”

This quote is so true. We have all heard the statistics about orphans and poverty around the world but when you actually see the little faces and have personal connections with the orphans, it sparks something inside you that makes you want to do something about it.  About a year and a half ago I was able to spend a week in Peru and while there, worked and ministered to some orphans. It is the best feeling in the world to spend time with these special kids — to see them laugh, play and just be kids despite the fact they may be hungry, abandoned and poor. It is great to be able to bring a smile to their faces and show them the love of Christ.

My aunt and uncle adopted a little boy from Russia about a year and a half ago. He is the sweetest and most precious child I know. It pains me to begin to even think about where he would be if he was still in the cold and dreary orphanage my aunt and uncle adopted him from.  He could be on his way to becoming part of the 70% of orphaned boys in Russia who become hardened criminals or part of the 10-15% of orphans in Russia and the Ukraine who commit suicide before the age of 18. I can now look at him and know that he will always know what it’s like to be loved and wanted  — not only by two parents here on earth but he will also know of love from his heavenly Father.

Most orphaned children go through things the average person cannot even begin to imagine.  Things such as  starvation, forced prostitution, HIV or AIDS, neglect, and many others. God calls Christians to do something about this. I don’t understand why more is not being done. We need to inform people and churches about this worldwide need. If more people could see the faces and spend time with these children, I feel they would be more inclined to do something about it – help in some way.

It can get discouraging looking at the number of orphans worldwide — between 143 and 210 million. It is hard to think that one person can actually make a difference when the problem is so huge. But when I think about changing just one child’s life and showing at least one child God’s love, there is no question about whether or not I should help. I know that with God, I can do that and so much more! We need to come together as the body of Christ and let God use us! If God can create the entire universe I know that he can use me, and others who are truly willing, to further his kingdom and to show orphaned children his true, unfailing love.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.

Proverbs 31:8-9

Carly C. will be serving on the Ethiopia Journey 117 Team leaving in December 2011.

Compelled to do something…

20 Oct

Blog post by Nathan L., Team Ethiopia 2011

I am making this trip because I am compelled to do something. I have lived most of my life with tunnel vision – thinking, doing, and saying the things that benefit me and my family.  This tunnel vision extended to my Christian life as I have lived as if Christianity was all about me. I was comfortable and choosing to ignore the fact that my entire has life has been blessed beyond belief.  I have never known hunger, I have never know homelessness, I have never known poverty – I have never known anything other than having more than enough of anything I wanted or needed.  To make matters worse, despite the fact that I have always been incredibly blessed, because our perspective is skewed by the culture we live I have always thought of myself of being less than rich because I didn’t make as much money, or take the same kind of vacations, or drive the same kind of car someone else might have. Continue reading

More Inspiration from David Platt’s Book “Radical”

9 May

Blog post by Leana C., Team Moldova 2011

One of the things that greatly inspired me about going on this mission trip was the book Radical by David Platt. I had grown up in church and honestly had never really given missions a thought. I felt a lot of conviction as I began to read Radical and dig deeper into God’s word about missions. We are commanded to carry his name to the ends of the Earth and to make disciples of all nations. Continue reading

From Riches to Rags

24 Apr

Blog post by Michelle K., Team Moldova 2011

As I type up this blog, I do so on my own Dell lap top as my Smart Phone lays beside me and my iPod plays the $1.29 song I just bought on iTunes. I am surrounded by luxury. It is normal for me to drive along the roads of Jersey and see BMWs, mansions with fieldstone walls, and grocery stores filled to the brim with fresh produce and clean water. Surely, this must also be normal outside of New Jersey, and even outside of the United States, right? It seems as though David Platt’s “Radical” has been a page-turner for us Journey-117ers, including myself. Platt’s heart-penetrating words revealed that I am, without a doubt, living with my head in the clouds, far away from the world’s actual norm: poverty, homelessness, malnutrition, and disease. Continue reading

Ready to Discover

16 Apr

Blog post by Jenny G., Team Uganda 2011

I think Mitch and I have always had a heart to help people around us. Early in our marriage we had fun a few times finding a family in need around us and giving them something anonymously. It was always cool to watch their reaction from afar and know we made a small contribution to their lives. We have also always been involved in service projects whenever we could find a need. We’ve done Habitat for Humanity events and lots of local church-driven service projects. I think as we’ve gotten older and more mature in the faith, we have just felt like we needed to do more. Mitch started reading Radical and I must say it affected him profoundly. I finished it first and really started to know that God was leading us to do something different. I have been exposed to and learned more about adoption and orphan care in the past 5 years than I did in the 20 years prior to that. I think I am finally in a place to allow God to use me in that area. I know that this trip will help establish for me what that will look like in the future.

Jenny will be serving on the Uganda 2011 Journey 117 team in June along with her husband, Mitch . They live in Jackson, TN and attend West Jackson Baptist Church.

Platt’s ‘Radical’ Inspires Journey to Uganda

11 Apr

Blog post by Mitch G., Team Uganda 2011

Even in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life with 3 children, I must say that God has been seriously dealing with me in several areas over the past year. I’ve always had a heart for helping those in need and the less fortunate, but since reading the book Radical by David Platt, my whole outlook on life has changed. God seems to be stretching me in some areas of my life to get me out of my little comfortable box and out into the messy world to try to do some real kingdom work. Continue reading

David Platt’s Book “Radical” Inspires Journey to Haiti

16 Mar

Blog post by Amanda W., Team Haiti 2011

I use to think that the only way to impact people on how I came to know Christ was to have an amazing, tear-jerking testimony. At times in my life it was almost like I was trying to make certain things happen in order to have a crazy story to tell people. Slowly but surely God convicted me for having those thoughts and showed me that He has blessed me enough to not have to go through some horrifying experience to know Him; and for that I am so thankful.  I was raised with a family who loves Jesus. My experiences growing up were nothing but the best. I honestly could say I felt like the Brady Bunch family; everything seemed perfect and never out-of-place. However, in sixth grade it all fell apart. Continue reading