Reading: Romans 10:14
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
I stood on a hard, dirt path that joined a nameless village to another nameless village of mud huts in Zambia. The poverty was numbing. Everything was needed – from economic development to basic human needs, from schools to churches, from water wells to medical care. After a half day in the villages, I saw what seemed an endless stream of children in rags with little hope of an education or a life beyond working the fields and dying before reaching 40. I learned of the syncretism that had effectively subverted the Gospel. I heard of discouraged missionaries giving up with nothing to show for eight years of investment. I saw the endless cycle, so void of joy and hope. I talked with my missionary friend of the obstacles faced in church planting – a new strategy and starting point – an estimate of start-up costs. Somewhere, in our discussion, it overwhelmed me, and I found myself saying what had been shouting inside: “What am I doing here … what in the world am I doing here?” My missionary friend let the question settle for a moment, and what he said next changed my life: “You don’t see anybody else here do you, Pastor?” Sometimes you just need to let the simplicity of need dictate your actions.
Reposted with permission from onehope.net.