A Call to Unity

With controversial topics abounding these days, many Christians find themselves in the middle of heated debates. The disappointing fact is that these debates are quite often among Christians. It’s obvious there are Christians on both sides of the coin. If we are called to be unified, why are so many Christians asserting their opinions so loudly? I wonder what good it is doing to argue one stance or another. Is it that important to be “right?”

It saddens me to see God’s plan and desire so disregarded. In the midst of that, Christians are called to exhibit love, grace, and truth. And, we are to be unified in those things.

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:22-23

God’s word spells out the way to have a perfect joy and peace that only He can provide. He shows us how to live. Yes, the truth is we don’t always get it right. But, instead of disputing and name calling, let’s keep our mouth shut and listen. Listen to what God expects from us. Our opinion isn’t what’s important. Our unified actions of love are of the utmost importance. This is our calling. This is how we can make a positive difference in the lives of those who don’t know the love of Christ.

I love this quote by Billy Graham:

It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.

We don’t need to condemn or condone. We just need to love, and do it as one.

The Adventure Begins

IMG_2193Today marks the end of my first week working in the mission field. Well, in this case the “field” is an office, but I’m on mission all the same. I started my temporary employment with GAiN until I become a full-fledged Cru supported staff member.

After only a week, I’m feeling the excitement of spending my work days participating in something bigger than me. I’m starting to learn how the donor-to-field process works. Citizens living in war-torn, disease-devastated, and disaster-ridden areas of the world need assistance to get back on their feet. People need access to food, clothes, shelter, water, health care. As an organization, GAiN seeks out generous donors who can and will provide financial gifts or gifts in kind that we then distribute to men, women and children around the world. My job is to tell the stories of lives impacted. Stories give donors visibility into who benefits from their gifts, keeping donors engaged in the work of blessing others.

I have been reflecting on how grateful I am to be born into my family. God has consistently provided me with an abundance of food, opportunity, education…the list goes on. Aid recipients around the world were born into difficult circumstances. None of us had the option to choose the life we were given. Some are born into wealth, others into poverty. Some have opportunity, others are forced to scrape by with little hope for change. I count it a privilege that I can offer my time and resources to help make way for survival and hope for so many souls like the Haitian kids in the image below.
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Did you know you can join me in what I’m doing? By becoming a prayer and financial partner, you make it possible for me to tell the stories that illustrate the impact donors have on lives. Your ongoing gifts go directly to the work of storytelling. You can make an impact starting today!

If you would like to make a donation, visit https://give.cru.org/0783151, and click the Give a Gift button. I am grateful for your partnership!

Next week, I will be visiting the GAiN Logistics Center in Pennsylvania. I’ll be participating in a semi-annual packing event at the warehouse where aid processing, packing and shipping take place. These events are a great way for everyone to get involved! You’ll hear more about my experience in the coming weeks.