Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Food for Thought

"We (North Americans) are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth. Period. Yet, most of us live as though there is nothing terribly wrong in the world. We attend our kids' soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40 percent of the world's inhabitants struggle just to eat every day. And in our own backyards, the homeless, those residing in ghettos, and a wave of immigrants live in a world outside the economic and social mainstream of North America. We do not necessarily need to feel guilty about our wealth. But we do need to get up every morning with a deep sense that something is terribly wrong with the world and yearn and strive to do something about it. There is simply not enough yearning and striving going on."*

THIS is why I'm in Nicaragua.

*taken from the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...And Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert, pg 28


  1. I agree with you. And when people say "We should be helping people in our own communities" I want to say "Great, so what are you doing?"
    I'm looking forward to visiting! Love you!

  2. You're awesome and so right, Ashley. I can't wait to meet you.

  3. You're so right, Mom. I think some people are called to go out and serve while others are called to serve in their own community, but unfortunately too many people get comfortable in their own lives and forget about that calling to serve others.

    Colleen - when are we going to meet?

  4. I arrive in Managua on the 12th; in El Sauce on the 13th!