Since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to help. God gave me a heart for the poor, especially the poor in other countries. When I see poor people, my heart breaks. I don’t question why they are poor or accuse them of being lazy. The things I’ve seen in Niger and Nicaragua are so heartbreaking that it makes me want to do all I can to help.
“What about the homeless in America? Don’t we have enough people to help here?”
That’s a common statement from many people here in the U.S. Honestly, it holds no weight with me when it comes from people who aren’t doing anything about the people in the U.S. that they claim to be so concerned about. Who are they to judge my passion and tell me I should be more concerned about something else?
Years ago, I remember getting frustrated at a commercial for the SPCA. Dogs? People were concerned about animals when we had people dying in the world! How ridiculous is that? But then I realized, what if no one cared about the animals? What if no one was their advocate?
God gave everyone a heart for something or someone different. If we all cared only about the homeless in America, we’d be in some major trouble.
Who would help those in countries where their own governments won’t help?
Who would look out for the animals and their safety?
Who would work at nursing homes to take care of the elderly?
Who would stand up for our planet and work at keeping it clean and beautiful?
While someone else’s passion might not be the same as yours, it’s important to realize that EVERY passion for humanity, animals and the planet is necessary for our world to survive.
Some people don’t understand my passion for Africa. I don’t know where it comes from, other than it’s the heart God gave me. I look at my friend Kim who works with special ed kids all day long, and I don’t understand her heart. It’s a heart I don’t have. While I hurt for those kids, I don’t have the desire to work with them.
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but I wish some people would be more sensitive to the different passions we all have. We think the world is falling apart right now, just imagine what it would be like if NO ONE cared about the kids in Africa, the animals, or taking care of our planet.
I don’t have a burning passion for animals or making sure the planet is taken care of, but I’m glad that someone does.