Things that I have learnt over the last 10 years working for Samaritan’s Purse – Part 2
I am one of the Band Aid generation ( I was 19 at the time ) and the Make Poverty History campaign defined my 30′s. Images from the Ethiopian famine still haunt me.
All of these things have deeply impacted my life. I wanted to make a difference ( still do ), I wanted to do that through a Christian organisation. Like many of my generation I wanted to give back because I recognised how privileged I was.
Coming into Samaritan’s Purse in 2003 it was like a dream come true. Finally the opportunity to transform lives, to transform communities, in the name of Jesus.
However I quickly realised that I had more to learn than to teach. More to receive than to give. From the very people I sought to serve, believing that I had something to give, came a deep and profound challenge.
As I travelled and met many people in many communities, living in the situations that had moved me deeply to respond, I started realising just how much I had to learn.
I learnt that I was poor in terms of the depth and quality of my relationships.
I learnt that I was poor in terms of the lack of an extended family.
I learnt that I was poor in my understanding of the solutions to the deep cultural and material problems that were impacting the communities.
I learnt that I was poor in terms of the depth of my relationship with God.
I learnt that I was poor in terms of my ability to rise above my circumstances and to be joyful and content.
I’m deeply thankful for all I have learnt and all I am learning. My life is so much richer because of those I have had the privilege of walking this part of the journey with.