This world has gone crazy mad and sometimes it seems as ludicrous as swimming up Niagara Falls to think anything we do is going to change anything.
It's true that we can't fix it.
This broken place won't be made right until the One Who created it comes back to deal with the mess.
Wasn't there some kind of chaos then, back when the Spirit hovered over it all, and then He spoke "Let there be..." and all this beauty was?
Then we went and messed it all up again, and sometimes the mess we've made is so overwhelming that it's tempting to just hide my head in the sand until the Second Coming.
And then I remember how we CAN make a difference for the one.
Like the baby girl with the sunshine smile, who's birth mama asked us to "babysit" her, and who knew our yes would change her life forever and our life forever.
I remember the day when the judge declared her our granddaughter, legally and forever.
(That's her, in the photo above, handing out trinkets to the Ghanaian children.)
There's the kid with a home life so messed up it seems like a bad t.v. movie, and now she, he, (there are so many that fit that description), are grown women/men and they love Jesus and are leaders in His church, but oh the years and the tears and the frustration of pulling them out of the pit, not just once or twice but over and over and over 'til they finally got their feet planted firmly on the Solid Rock.
When we went to Ghana, I had to put a wall of protection around my heart, the needs were so overwhelming and in your face, so much more than my emotions could handle.
That, "how in the world could we ever make a difference" feeling was overwhelming times 10, times 100.
I remember the day we went into the village and shared about Jesus and handed out tracts and candy and trinkets to the dozens of children and prayed with mamas with one baby on their back and one in their belly, and how we laid hands on the crippled man who had to drag himself through the red clay dust and the human filth to get to us, and how I thought "God, if there's ever time for a book of Acts healing miracle this is it"...but then we just got back in our overcrowded van and drove away while the people crowded around asking when we would come back...
January, a team from our church will be back in January.
We're going to dig a deep water well in your village, with an irrigation system, so your village can grow crops year round, not just in the rainy season.
We've raised half the money needed, but we're determined, with God's help, to make a difference for one Ghanian village.
One person, one village...sometimes you just have to do what you can do.
Read more about the well project for Homabenase, Ghana, West Africa here.
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