I confess: I work for a nonprofit ministry, and I sometimes get tired of helping people. I hate to say it, but it's true. Staying compassionate can be exhausting.
Day-in and day-out, IDES works with mission partners all over the world to meet the physical and spiritual needs of suffering people in the name of Jesus Christ. It's beautiful, and the stories we witness are breath-taking. It's also incredibly hard sometimes to keep going, keep doing, and keep working. "Compassion fatigue" is a real issue in the world of nonprofit ministry, especially when the odds seem to be stacked ever against us in regards to alleviating physical and spiritual poverty.
Maybe you have experienced similar feelings. Here are some examples to help you understand.
In lieu of this week's normal Project Story, we are excited to share with you a new video!
Two IDES staff members were recently blessed to spend time with several mission partners in India. This video shares the story of how YOUR generosity is transforming lives in Jesus' name. Thank you so much for taking the time to watch - please continue to pray for those who are suffering, and for those who are serving!
Recently, the IDES staff family has been studying the Lord's Prayer together during our morning devotional meetings.
For the first point of the devotional series, we focused on the very first word of the prayer: "Our."
We are now over 5 months removed from Hurricane Matthew, which utterly devastated the country of Haiti near the end of September 2016, beginning of October 2016.
Recovering from a natural disaster of this caliber takes months to years. The rebuilding process can be overwhelming, but there's only one way to complete it: one brick at a time.
Okay, I confess. Humility does not come naturally to me.
The first things I think of when I wake up in the morning is what I need to do today, what I will eat for breakfast, how much hot water I will have in the shower, what I want to do to relax after work, etc. I-I-I, me-me-me.
It's true--I'm a prideful, self-centered human-being. I'm quite aware that the "lens of self" is not the lens Jesus Christ wants me to experience the world through--but, how do I actually become more humble? Are some people just born more humble than others, or are there practical steps I can personally take to be less concerned about myself?
Philipo is a little boy from the Maasai people in Tanzania who was born with a birth defect which prevented his ears from forming properly, leaving him with conductive hearing loss. Unfortunately for Philipo, the Maasai culture considers any type of disability to be taboo, believing the disabled person to be cursed.
Instead of our normally scheduled Devotional Blog post this week, we are humbly asking you to join us in prayer.
IDES was recently blessed with the approval to ship a container of around 260,000 servings of our nutritious GAP Meals to refugee and internally-displaced families who are suffering in Afghanistan. Last week, the shipment was put on delay due to concerns over the ongoing violence near the recipients' location.
According to Pioneer Bible Translators, "160 million people in nearly 1,800 languages are Bibleless." In other words, 2.3% of human beings in the world do not have access to God's Word in their own "heart-language."
This huge number does not include those also without access to biblical commentaries and educational resources. If it did include them, the number would be astronomically higher. This is humbling when considering that most of us have unlimited access to free bibles, commentaries and educational resources in our pockets on mobile devices.
Do you ever find yourself asking these questions -- Does my work matter in the universe? Am I making a positive impact with my career? Does what I do mean anything to anyone else? Does God care about my job? Am I really making a difference?
I find myself asking these questions relatively often. So, you're not alone! Although I cannot offer a fix-all answer to these questions, Paul's letters to the Corinthian and Colossian churches point us in the right direction.
Recently, two staff members were blessed with the opportunity to visit several of IDES' mission partners currently working throughout India.
This is what we witnessed.