“Beyond U.S.”

It is not until a hard day’s work in the hot sun that you really appreciate that glass of water. You are truly thankful for your food after having to fast before a surgery or physical examination. Air is so treasured when you struggle to catch your breath. It is when necessities we expect are withheld or removed that we finally begin to recognize their true value. Yet in a country as rich and privileged as the United States, restricted access to necessities is rare in comparison to the Majority World.

Iraqi kids are dealing with limited primary school textbooks, clean water, and electricity. Why? Their country’s economy and infrastructure is crumbling and has been for 17 years. North Korean people are standing in long lines day after day waiting for a single train to pull into the station. What’s the problem? No problem. There is only one train and it is old, slow, and reliably unreliable. Even getting on the train to travel anywhere in country requires the government’s knowledge and travel outside the country is unthinkable for most. Sixty-three percent of people in the Central African Republic are without basic human needs being met and one out of every five people cannot return to their home because of ethnic violence and conflict that has continued for 8 long years.

What can we do in the face of not being able to travel, eat out, or fellowship with our church family in person? First, we should remember those in greater need and focus on meeting those needs rather than being fully consumed with our own (See 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 and Matthew 25:31-40). In addition to this, since we assume access to necessities and basic capabilities that most of the world struggles to maintain on a daily basis, we should obey God’s will for us to be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We are exceedingly blessed.

Ben – International Ministry