Changing the world one child at a time!

A friend of mine is leaving in about two weeks to work with her husband in the country of Togo. They have joined the Peace Corps together and will be gone for about two years. She recently shared on her blog a quote from author Greg Mortenson’s book, “Three Cups of Tea.” He built several schools for children in Pakistan and this is his memoir of the experience:

“Once you educate boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities. But the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they’ve learned. If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, imporve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, then answer is to educate girls.”

It seems like such a simple and clear-cut plan of action. Change an entire village by education the women who will become the leaders of the next generation.

How does the Christian church find a way to make the same impact on our culture? We want to train up our young people in the radical and life-giving path of Jesus Christ. What can we do to ensure that the church in 20 years will have the same radical positive change on a community that my friends will (hopefully!) have on their village in Togo?

It isn’t as clear-cut, but the Bible does give us some guidelines. Practicing love in a radical and unconditional manner…creating community that is different and distinct from the communities in the secular world…and inviting all people to be transformed by the amazing power of our Living God!

We’re all called to play our part in God’s transformation of this world. What part do you think you’re called to do? Teaching the stories of the Bible to children through Sunday School? Feeding God’s hungry children? Raising up a new generation of leader through mentoring and service? It is exciting to know that there is a place for each and every one of us…and that the world will indeed be transformed through God’s work through God’s people!


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