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  • Mission Trip to Africa.

    Long - Just something to think about. Scroll on by if this is not your thing. I understand..

    In about a week and a half, some of our staff are leaving to go on an Annual Mission trip. They are going to Chekookie Africa. No, I did not spell it right. I can't remember how it is spelled. Only how it sounds. It is not even on the Map. They go once a year and do what they can for the Amazing Grace Orphanage in that city and the poor folks that live there in the city it' self. This is an orphanage where the children go when their parents die of AIDS. It is absolutely heartbreaking. These people have NOTHING. No shoes, 2 meals a day, beans and rice, they are so excited to get ANYTHING. One of our Christmas gifts every year from one of our Pastors is a share of a Cow, or share of Well digging equipment, etc.....Our folks go and help them plant crops. Help them dig wells. They bring as much as they can with the luggage restrictions, and even have to bring "bribe" money for the Crooked Custom Officials in that area so that they can bring the people things like Advil, Tylenol, etc. The ONLY way the people in this City get anything, is by Mission people bringing it. The Government is so corrupt, that nothing you give, makes it to the people. Things literally have to be brought to them by Mission People. They can only eat what they grow. They much prefer used items to anything new, because they will be robbed if they have anything new and nice, and it will be sold on the Black Market. One of our people wanted to bring a bunch of new toys for the children. The people were actually offended because they said we would be setting them up to be robbed if the town found out they had nice, new things there.....


    Last year, one of the people took over some Clearance .99 cent Flip Flops that they got from Target. They used them to line their suitcase with. One of the Pictures that they brought back, was of a group of children with one little girl in the front row with the biggest, proudest, smile on her face. She had ONE flip flop. I asked Mary, one of the ladies that goes every year, why she was so excited, and where was her other shoe? She said, she was excited to have A SHOE. She said, she probably gave the other one to her best friend. The looks on these childrens faces.. They are so very happy with SO VERY LITTLE. Yet, when you really look at each face in the pictures, you see such an underlying sadness and fright. It really stays with you. This city is literally a place that the world does not know or care about. I would give anything to be able to go on one of the yearly missions there. It is pretty expensive though. These amazing people pay their own way, then only take about 3 changes of clothes for the entire 2 week trip, so they can fit more in their suitcases for the people there.

    I'm sorry to bring this all up, I mean, I know we have people here in the USA that need help too, but by God, if you live in the USA and can't afford floors or roofs in your home, running water, plumbing, shoes, food, etc. then there are plenty of places you can go for help. These people have NOBODY TO HELP, NO WHERE TO TURN. Their Government is so corrupt that you can't even send aid to people and know that they will get it.

    So, in a nutshell. I am feeling so very, incredibly blessed right now. This is one of the situations that I think of when I start feeling bad about finances, etc. Sure is sobering....

    So, all I ask of you from this post..........The next time you are really upset about the US, and your financial situation, the gas situation, and the fact that you can't afford a vacation this year, or that new car that you wanted, etc... Please, just stop for a second and remember the people that the world forgot about. And, how little they have, and the fact that they are just trying to LIVE. I try very hard to do that every day.. Sometimes it is hard, but I try to remind myself of how incredibly lucky I am..........
    Lauren ~The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. ~
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Lauren, thank you for reminding us what is important.

    One of my friends lives in the Dallas area. Her 18 yr old daughter is going on a mission trip to Africa similar to the one you described. I'm going to have to ask her if it is the same one. I think they leave around the same time. Wow, wouldn't it be coincidental if it was the same one.

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    • #3
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      Wow! Could be! Are they Methodist?
      Lauren ~The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. ~
      Martin Luther King, Jr.

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        I can't remember. I'll send her an e-mail message and ask.

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          Thank you Lauren , it is sad but so true.
          .DH and I went with our youth on a mission trip to New Orleans three weeks ago.Our youth have never ben exposed to some of what they saw/.heard there.It to made them realize how blessed we are.
          I have a neice on a mission trip to some remote place in Peru right now, with similar circumstances.
          DDilwill be going on a mission trip to El Salvador in Sept.
          Yes we do need to stop, think and give thanks for what we have.
          I organize chores into catagories.
          Things I won't do now; things I won't do later; things I'll never do.

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          • #6
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            Wow Lauren.... Thanks for opening our eyes. Makes me want to promise to never complain again. And for a child to be so thrilled to have ONE flip flop makes you want to give her the world.

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            • #7
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              Several years ago my DH and I got involved with the Orphan Grain Train which took clothes and stuff to Madagascar They were in need of bicycles for the teachers to ride back and forth to the different villages. We started this project around the first of the year. My DD was about 10 or so and wanted to help so bad. Towards the end of school she went to each classroom (in a private christian school) and told the classes about these people and asked that on the last day if they had school supplies left over and their parents didn't mind to please put them in the big box by the office. The last day of school and she stood at that box and watched child after child put stuff in the box. Then DH went and picked her and the box up. They brought it home and we sorted stuff. There were stuff we returned to the parents like expensive calculators and stuff but we shipped 25 12 x 12 x 6 boxes of nothing but crayons. There was notebooks, pencils, pens, and so much other stuff. I cried over how much these kids gave to the children over in Madagascar. Then that summer my DD also went to yard sales with us and her dear brave soul would go ask the people what they were doing with their stuff after the yard sale was done. She carried a stack of DH's business cards and she told them if they didn't mind we would come pick the stuff up and ship it to Madagascar especially bikes. We ended up shipping 90 bikes over there and 50 typewriters. We also sent 1 train bins full of clothes. The missionaries that went with all the stuff took pictures of all the stuff that was donated and they were amazing how much they cared for the smallest thing that we might take for granted. It is a very humbling experience and since then my family doesn't complain too much over small things. Thanks for sharing your story. I didn't mean to hijack it but thought I would share our experience too.

              Debbie
              Never regret something because at one point it was exactly what you wanted!

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                And unfortunately, it isn't only the African area of the world that suffers so much.

                I have a friend, who a few years ago, took a missionary trip with her church to Bella Ruse (Russia area). She said it's near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor . She visited an orphanage, and said those poor children are made to work all day trying to create something of the soil that was ruined by the nuclear reactor. Then they must wash their clothes in the rivers and dig holes for bathroom facilities. Food is disgusting and scarce. The children barely get any education because they are forced to work first and only get schooling IF time is made. So they virtually will never had a chance to better their lives and escape their conditions.

                Then, she said the government is so corrupt that the missionary bus had to sit for hours on end for the government to decide whether or not they would allow the missionaries into the area of the orphanage. If they choose not to let them in, the missionaries would have to turn around and go home back to the USA.

                My friend is generally a strong person, but she said these conditions just tore her heart apart and she just wanted to take every last child in the orphanage home to the USA.

                It's so hard for the fortunate of the world to touch all the corners of this earth to help all the less fortunate.
                The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

                Faith is believing in advance what already makes sense in retrospect. O:-)

                'Do not ask the Lord to Guide your Footsteps if you are not willing to move your Feet'

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                  It is truly amazing isn't it? How human beings are still living in those conditions in this day and age.... To see the pictures of how proud some of those folks are to receive such a small gift as a pair of .99 flip flops, does make you wish you could give them so much more......But, even going over there your hands are still tied as you can only bring what you can fit in a couple of suitcases... It breaks my heart... When they get back, I will see if I can post some pics that they took there. Of course, like some of you said, there are many places in this world where human beings are forced to live in such poor conditions... It is just sad beyond words....
                  Lauren ~The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. ~
                  Martin Luther King, Jr.

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