Random, crazy, kenya blog…….on Feb 07 in Blog by Josh Meadows
I’ve been trying to post daily journal entries from Kenya, but I’m going to go ahead and summarize the trip up here. A lot of people come back from trips saying, “I just learned how blessed we are here in America!” And it kills me! Because I feel like, if that is all you take away, then you have missed the point. I come back from these trips broken. I heard a story of a man named Joseph, who lost everything, even saw His family members murdered, yet He NOW knows that there is a God that loves Him. He NOW loves HIs neighbors, where before, He didn’t. I hear stories about little Joshua, about seeing both his parents killed, and seeing Him running around smiling, brought Joy to my soul. To know that we serve a God that redeems us and draws us near, to know that we serve a God that is rescuing His children to himself breaks me. A lot of times we get “inspired” temporarily when we go on mission trips, but this has changed my perspective. I am going to do everything in my power to raise money for Naomi’s Village, me and some friends have already been selling t shirts and hoodies, to give proceeds to them. One person, that carries hope, can make a difference. I have to respond to these kids. I can’t lay my hear down at night, and act as if they don’t exist. I can’t just put them out of the back of my mind and go back to life as normal. See, when we expose ourselves to brokenness, then God can use the exposure to wound our hearts for the cause. I used to get mad, because I knew pastors who said they wouldn’t go on mission trips. And I realize now that they can’t see my perspective, and that IF they did go on the trip, they could experience my urgency and my brokenness to those kids. My point is that we as Christians, need to expose ourselves to the broken, if not, we will never develop compassion for them…and chances are, you don’t know Christ, if you don’t care for the broken(Matthew 25).
Challenge, crush the idol god of comfort in your life. Get outside of your comfort zone. Pray for God to bring broken people in your life. Do a mission trip, go serve in the community, go to soup kitchen, and GET OUTSIDE YOURSELF. Comfort is not the habitation of Christ, he hates it! Lets kill it in our lives and live in adventure, if your life is looking more like a lazy river, than a white water rapid ride, somethings wrong! MOVE!