We received an email from a friend with some hard questions. We would like to address them here as well as a few others. Her questions are not unlike the main question I asked myself when first arriving in Kenya and working every day in Kibera slum; “Why do some seem so blessed when others seemingly are not?”
Why will you build a nice house while the people live in huts or tents?
- Making the living situation more difficult than it needs to be leads more quickly to burn out.
- A country review team found the Sudanese preferred missionaries to live in brick houses because then their presence would be permanent.
How will you get food when those around you cannot? How will you eat it when those around you cannot?
The practical side will say:
- We will fly our food in because we have the funding to do so. Yet we want to be good stewards and therefore at some point plan to start a garden and possibly raise our own chickens.
- We will eat because if we do not then we are of no help to anyone.
The emotional side will say: It is difficult no matter what. Our hearts break over and over while God mends the pieces.
Will they be interested in spiritual things when they are dying physically?
When people are in desperate situations they cling to hope. Some call it a crutch but we see it differently. Like Job in the Bible everything has been stripped away. He saw clearly that he could rely on no one else but the Lord. Many times hurting and dying people came to Jesus in hopes that He could save them physically and He did. Yet they found an even better thing; hope in Christ. This is what we are bringing. This is what we can offer.
Can we make a difference? Not without the Lord’s help.
What real role will you play to make a difference in the lives of those around?
We and those we work alongside, offer programs dealing with education, clean water, health, hygiene among other things. We don’t go with the Bible alone because we believe in a holistic approach. We offer practical aid as well as friendship. This approach is well received.
In the end though, we do not quote numbers or success rates as the reason we go. If we do not go then we are being disobedient to our Lord and that… is sin.
Are there other hard questions you’ve wanted to ask us? Leave a comment.