I think most, if not all, missionaries or humanitarians started out their journey because of a mission or service trip to another country. I know we did, as did many/most of our ex-pat friends living in Haiti. And so, when we give advice that is contrary to what we personally did, it seems contradictory. And yet, it isn’t …
… we live in the distance, between two worlds: Our roots are stuck in America, where we grew up with privilege and ease. But our hearts are stuck in Haiti, where we get the privilege of knowing the oppressed, developing our understanding of the world’s injustices, and deepening our faith.
I was recently accused of being anti-adoption. Anyone who really knows me knows how ridiculous that is to say. But have you noticed that these days it seems like if you are FOR this or that cause, somehow you’re automatically AGAINST something else? I don’t understand why the world today is so divisive!
It doesn’t matter if you’re living in Haiti or Dubai. We all have a mission in our life and we all carry the burdens of living out that mission. It isn’t easy. But they never said it would be, did they?