Why Should We Try?

indiagirlNo one can deny that our world is full of pain and suffering. When you look at the tens of thousands of orphans in China needing loving homes and families, the hundreds of thousands killed in genocides in Africa, the millions who are starving, the billions who need Christ…how can you even begin to make the slightest dent in the need? Why even try?

Why indeed. The typical American mainstream Christian’s solution is to toss some spare change toward a charity and feel better. After all, the need is so great–there is no sense in feeling guilty because you can’t do it all.

There are always going to be starving children. There will always be persecuted brothers and sisters enduring unspeakable torment. There will always be the need for followers of the Way who are not satisfied with a safe life. Ones who want to help in more painful ways…ways that require sacrifice and effort.

An article published by the International Justice Mission recounts the stories of two young women rescued by IJM from slavery. Though only two of countless thousands, Simla and Kani were worth rescuing. Every girl and child and man and woman being persecuted or abused are worth rescuing. They are worth our sacrifice, our time, our prayers, our tears. If we pretend or forget or assume they aren’t, we lose.

One life, one heart at a time. Isn’t that what Jesus did?

To Simla and to Kani it mattered that IJM brought the hand of justice to them despite the massiveness of the problem of oppression. Not only is each victim the one, but we likewise can be the one. The one called, the one listening, the one willing, the one sent to bring freedom and justice to innocent ones who are suffering.

Being overwhelmed by the numbers is an indulgence the oppressed can ill afford. Thank you, dear friend, for your willingness to stand with us for each child, each woman and each man who longs for the chance of a new life of hope. – IJM

Photo by Karl Grobi

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One thought on “Why Should We Try?

  1. Archived Comments:

    Susan
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 8:47 AM | Permalink
    Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. – Albert Camus

    Jessica
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 9:09 AM | Permalink
    Excellent piece. And it’s so, so very true that “Being overwhelmed by the numbers is an indulgence the oppressed can ill afford.” Yet…when you see beggars and the indescribably poor everywhere in India, or are surrounded by Thai children who you know will probably live all their lives in the grip of Buddhism…it IS hard not to be overwhelmed. But we can’t let that suck us in…and we must love each one we can. Thanks for posting this piece…and the photo was amazing.

    Anonymous
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 9:15 AM | Permalink
    Thank you so much Natalie for sharing with us the story about the One and for giving us a link to the site..i really loved that story, it broke my heart to read about so many that are not rescued but we have to rejoice for the few that are rescued, Simla and Kimna are the lucky ones..we have to be so glad that this organization does this..they are amazing!
    Thank you thank you for making us all more aware about the situation and for showing us that even one person can make a dent and a difference in these people’s lives…i already because of you Natalie became a prayer partner of IJM and i thank you for giving us all this opportunity to give money or pray for these poor children!
    Thank you again!
    Have a wonderful day!
    May God Bless You and keep you!
    Jane.

    Yael
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 9:29 AM | Permalink
    AWESOME Natalie! We truly do need to bring “being the feet of Christ” down to our level instead of it just being “for other people”! Great post! Keep it up achoti! (sister)
    Blessings and Shalom!

    Anonymous
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 11:11 AM | Permalink
    Thank you so much for posts that encouage us (they do for me!) to live a less safe (and shall I say, comfortable) life by serving others. I love my comfort too much.

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