Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
Where in the world is
Well, it is a
long way from
The country is considered “tropical” so far as
its climate is concerned. We understand the temperature will range from the
60’s in the daytime to the low 40’s at night. July is wintertime for
You might wonder why, if the country is so large, there is so much poverty. Why not use the land to grow food for the people? The reason is that less than seven per cent of the land is fit for cultivation! That is bad news for a nation of 11.5 million people, one million of whom are orphan children.
HIV/AIDS is a
major problem in
The risk of
major infectious diseases in
question people ask is, why go to faraway
That is true. Still we are persuaded to go. The most obvious reason for going is to obey the command of Jesus, “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.” So we have no choice but to go in obedience to his command.
But there is more to it than that. We have friends there who need our help. They are more than friends; they are family to us. Surely any of us is willing to make some sacrifice when a family member calls for help. It is as simple as that. They need us; we are going, by the grace of God.
None of us could go without help. Many, many people are helping make this trip possible. In a sense they are going too for we are going in their behalf. All of us feel very blessed by the support of our family and friends.
Are we concerned about hopping a plane and flying so far from home? You bet we are. But we have a vision that is bigger than our fears. By going we can build bridges of friendship and love.
We can encourage our brothers and sisters in their ministry to their own people. Our hosts, Alfred and Muumbe Kalembo, need affirmation and love just like we all do. Our being there will mean much more than the money we take them or the work we will do. And we can learn from them what it means to serve Christ in the conditions in which they choose to live.
The bottom line is that we can make a difference for children. We cannot save many children from hunger, poverty, and AIDS, but we can save a few. We can give a few children a chance for a better life and to know that Jesus loves them. That, good friends, is reason enough to get on that plane and go do what we can. + + + +