No 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