This is a picture of the beach were we camped at. “Preach the Gospel always and if necessary use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi
Throughout the year last year, God has been preparing my heart for His work. At the time, I didn’t know what, how or where. But on Sunday morning, the day after Christmas, I knew exactly what He had been preparing me for.
The massive earthquake off the coast of the island of Sumatra, producing a tsunami that slammed into coastal villages, has resulted in one of the greatest natural disasters in memory. The death toll has exceeded that in Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb. The shock has traveled around the world, as people try to comprehend the destruction. While I don’t think we can ever truly understand this event or its repercussions, we do have an opportunity to respond to it.
Webster’s Dictionary defines compassion as “a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.” Everyone expresses their compassion in different ways. For some, it is donating money, sending resources or simply praying for the tragedy. Given my current situation and the heart God has given me, I have been led to show my compassion by physically going to the devastated countries and doing something about it.
Along with several other churches and organizations on the ground now, we will be building 250 homes for the families that have been left with absolutely nothing. For years the borders of this country have been shut down to outsiders. This is a remarkable opportunity for Christians to witness to a people who have been shut off from the Gospel for years. No one knows how long the crack in the window will be open. Many think that after 3 or 4 months they will close the borders again.Now is the time for action, and as a close friend of mine so candidly pointed out to me, two-thirds of GOD is GO, so what choice do I really have? The trip is for ten days from Friday, March 18th until Sunday, March 27th.