To fulfill one of my graduation requirements, I will be traveling to Athens, Greece this summer for six weeks with the mission organization International Teams. To prepare for my travels, I’m taking a ministry internship class this semester. The class consists of International Min., Urban Min., TESOL, and World Missions and Evangelism students. On Monday we discussed injustices we’ve witnessed while being overseas or in urban city areas. This is what we came up with:
Unclean drinking water
The next question my teacher asked was: Now what? What are we going to do about it? In small groups we brainstormed for about 10 minutes then came back together as a class. Some people had intelligent things to say while other people’s suggestions were just plain stupid. I left that class feeling really discouraged. As an International Ministry major preparing to travel overseas I thought why even bother? There is nothing I can do to help.
After class I went up to my room and opened my Bible to John. Apart from me you can do nothing was the theme that rang over and over. Then I looked at the verse I taped to my desk to read on occasions when I feel just this way. Romans 15:12 – He will rise to rule the nations and He will give the nations hope. While at times it does feel worthless, the Lord has promised us a mighty deliverer. He is bigger than aids, prostitution, homelessness, and trafficking and will return one day to restore His creation. That is the hope I cling to and will proclaim until He returns.
Have a listen to Hillsong UNITED’s Tear Down the Walls.