Many of my regular readers know about my connection and work with Haiti. Words and even pictures don't do Haiti justice. You have to see it to believe it. And I know that there are many other places in the world that are just as heartbreaking. Recently, a (I suppose) well-meaning family member sent me one of those forwarded emails that I detest. This one was particularly offensive as it talked about how the original author could not understand how "our" (American) good money was shipped overseas to help children in other countries when we have children in need in our own country. I saw red when I got this email. I wanted to find a picture of an overweight, low-income child in America and contrast it with a skeletal. starving child in Haiti. There's just no comparison.
This morning I spent some time reading this blog by Kat, a woman who is blogging about her visit to the Philippines for Compassion International. In this blog post, Kat begins by talking about her need to redecorate her bathroom, then she shifts gears and tells the story of her visit to Rose Ann's house. She says, "It was so hard for me to fathom that we were not pretending…that this was Rose Ann’s daily life. It was her future as far as she could see.
It was just one day for me. Only about 25 minutes actually. But everyday she wakes up in that room. A room she could cross in a single step." Kat is no longer concerned about redecorating her bathroom.
And I've come to feel the same way about many things in my life, including clothes shopping. In the United States, it's easy to get caught up in the spiral of wants because we're not exposed to the people with true needs. Plus we are daily exposed to messages that tell us that we don't have enough...of anything and everything. We need more and better and faster and newer. Take a few minutes to read Kat's blog, watch some of the YouTube videos, learn about poverty in your country and abroad. And then take steps to do something about it.