This is one of the many reasons why I am excited that we have not cancelled our trip to Juarez, Mexico. We leave in a few short weeks. I know so many have expressed concern, but I have excitement and anticipation. Our students will be exposed, probably for the first time, to what true poverty looks like. It is real, and we are called to do something about it, swine flu or not.
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow" — when you now have it with you.
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
I read about situations like the cyclone in Bangladesh and my heart breaks for the children that were effected. It makes me proud to partner with organizations like Compassion International and Buckner. I am proud of our students who are meeting every week to pray for the city of Juarez, Mexico and the family we are building for. I am proud of the students we have going to Mexico and their excitement rubs off on us! I am proud of the ministries our church partners with, such as Rio Bravo.
Romans 10:15 says, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
I hope that the day I meet God he tells me I have beautiful, well-worn feet that walked wherever God wanted me to go!
So, how are you responding to the call to help others? Where are you going to "walk"?
If you would like updates on our trip to Juarez, Mexico you can check out the blog: http://juarez09.blogspot.com/.