As we approach Thanksgiving, we in America are reminded of all the blessings we have. Although many have experienced first hand economic hardships, we still have much to be thankful for. Compared to most countries and in spite of the financial challenges this country is going through, we still have incredible blessings. Most of us have a home to live in, a car to drive, clothes to wear, and gadgets like cell phones to make our lives easier. Yet, I am often reminded that all this “stuff” does not make us happier.
Traveling through much of Africa, one sees many trying to survive on less than $1 a day. They do not receive any government assistance, there are no shelters for the homeless, nor are there any rescue missions to provide a meal a day. Yet, in spite of overwhelming poverty by our standards, Africans will be very hospitable sharing what little they have with guests. When you go to a meeting or service, they sing and dance with true joy. They recognize that relationships are what truly matter in the long run. People have eternal significance, things do not. Our African friends teach us to be thankful for and invest in relationships with one another.
In looking forward to this upcoming Christmas season, we ask you to carefully consider what you can do to make a difference in someone else’s life — someone who does not have access to “stuff” but does need basic necessities to live. December 1 is World AIDS Day. This year we encourage you to consider making a difference for an AIDS orphan. Watch for details to be revealed this next week.
TAGS: Africa, AIDS, orphans, Thanksgiving CATEGORIES: Rhonda