I recently read a book called, “God grew tired of us.” It was a memoir by John Bul Dau. He was one of the lost boys from Somalia.
It was very interesting and got me thinking about others in the Third World countries out there. This was a good missionary story.
Throughout my lifetime, there have always been people struggling in these 3rd world country. These countries are very poor with poor food and water supplies. They also have corrupt Government system; worst than our own government.
I remember in the ’80’s, when Nelson Mandela was in prison and the talk of apartheid was the talk in South Africa. Pres. Reagan and the United States made it their business to get involved in the fight against Apartheid in South Africa.
You always hears about the starving children in Ethithopia. They have poor water and food supply also.
The last few years the Lost boys from Somalia made their trip to the United States for freedom and to get away from the scrutiny in their home country. A lot of them left family behind for a better life. Even churches got involved to help them. The Lutheran for example.
Some of the Somalians are Christians that been told the redemption story of Jesus by missionary that came to their country.
John Bul Dau and others lost boys wondered if God grew tired of them because of all the hardship they went through. Something I think we all goes through in certain times.
Those aren’t the only country who has their share of troubles. There are others. The country of Haiti is one of the poorest country in our hemisphere. There is always an outreach for Haiti.
There is Sanford Doctor that goes to Haiti to perform lifesaving surgery without charge. The church I belong to, Bridgepointe Community Church of the Nazarene also works for the reliefs of Haiti, under the leader of Pastor Paul Aladin. A great man of God!
I want to say when you feel like giving to help these poor countries in need, make sure you do your research to know if the money will actually go to the people who really needs it.
Also when you give to those in needs, as in Matthew 6:2-4. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.”
There are people who gives around Christmas time; so that they can write it off on their taxes. That is not what the Lord wants. He wants you to give with a cheerful and obedient heart.
If you happened to see and hear about people in the Third World Country that are in needs, make sure that you do your research first before sending money. If you send money to some of these organizations, it may not get to those who really needs it. Some of them have to work with their government and ours. Their governments is even more corrupt than ours, if that is possible. That is one of reason why they are a poor country. They are run by dictators.
My advice to you is to find a church that sponsor these countries and give through them. Then you know the money will goes to good use. The Christian church has a way of getting around the corrupt government.
That is who help the Lost Boys of Somalia. It was the church. Just Bridgepointe Community is helping to reach out to the poor in Haiti. Through Pastor Paul and the mission trip, the church is helping to build a church and a school in Haiti.
Bridgepointe Community is not only helping people in Haiti, we are also helping people in Fargo-Moorhead. We have a ministry with Church United(homeless shelter), we have a food pantry, and there is other help that the church has for those in needs in Fargo-Moorhead.
This is not a plea for money. This is just a special blog to help those like the Lost Boys of Somalia. I know I was touch by the book, “God grew tired of us.” Then again I’m always touch by heartwarming missionary stories. I wish I could go on more work & witness trip.
The last work & witness trip I went on was in 2001. When I went to Indianapolis to work in the inner city to help those in needs. It was amazing! That was the year that my sister, Barb died of cancer. By going there to help out, I could easily understand what she went through while she was alive.