Let me show & tell you about some of the coolest people on the planet, with whom I’ve had the honor to be around. I’m leading our first ever Saving Moses team trip & we are in Cambodia with an absolutely amazing team who has poured their hearts, souls, sweat & love into everything they’re doing here! Only a few of the amazing & cool things they’ve done include: painting, cleaning, being patient (again), assembling baby cots, holding babies & hundreds of more things! Here are some fun pix to show our sweat equity!
We’ve concluded our 3rd day here & as we were taking a pause, we took a walk along a really busy area for nightlife here in Phnom Penh. As we were walking, I literally almost stumbled over these babies where sleeping on the sidewalk. Please watch my 30sec video on my sarah bowling fb page
When I look at Jesus’ life & words, it seems to me that He made folk either super happy or super ticked. He frequently made the religious establishment of His day really upset with how He confronted their hypocrisy & double standards. On the flip side, He readily embraced & accepted those who were marginalized, unpopular & even semi-rogue-ish. Jesus was known as a friend of sinners. So in my thinking as it relates to our modern living, it seems to me that if I’m going to follow Jesus, then it’s important to authentically connect with people who have been marginalized, those who are less popular and even some folk who could be considered renegades. Maybe this is one of the reasons why I love what Saving Moses does with our nightcare program, where we take care of the babies of sex workers while their moms work. Some people think of this kind of help in terms of fostering prostitution, empowering fornication or enabling seedy living. I prefer to see nightcare as a way to genuinely love these babies, who are easily the least of the least in our modern world 🙂
I think that we generally prefer light over darkness and yesterday this was really obvious to me. Here in Cambodia, I have a program with Saving Moses called nightcare. With nightcare, we take care of the babies of prostitutes while their moms work. We give them a safe, warm & loving environment.
Darkness is the contrast because these babies live in hellacious environments. Yesterday, I saw places where babies live, places so dark that I’m still struggling to figure out how to describe them. And with babies in this darkness. These places have a desperate need for nightcare & I’m still spinning from the experience & the darkness.
I want light, I want to live in light & I want to be an agent of light because in my thinking, light is one of the ways that genuine love is expressed.
I’m presently in Cambodia & I’ve been able to see first hand on this trip why we need nightcare. I am close to overwhelmed by what I’ve seen & experienced, finding myself almost at a loss for the words to describe what’s happening to and around these babies every night.
What is normal for these babies could be considered hell especially in contrast to our nightcare program – a safe haven with genuine love, care & protection. I’m attaching a picture of what I saw one night here.
I always want to be upbeat & encouraging because we all have our own responsibilities & things that can concern us. But today, I’m having a hard time because I just listened to a story of heartbreak & hopelessness from a girl who has a little 2 year old son. I want to fix her problems & make everything better for her & her son. I may not be able to do everything but I can help in my small way & maybe that’s what God wants from each of us – to do our part & make our individual contributions. I’m confident that if we each make a commitment to daily add value to the world in which we live, we can well express God’s love & bring transformation in maybe small but really powerful ways. Lets make a difference!!!
I’m sitting in a malnutrition until for babies & surrounded by beauty – beautiful moms, babies, care workers & beauty. Along with the vast colors & faces who are nothing less than breathtaking, I am also see babies who have some definite feeding & some healthcare needs. So I’m looking into some possibilities & we’ll see the ways in which we can be helpful. In the meantime, I’m overwhelmed by how beautiful the people are. They’re regal, majestic, strong & friendly. I’ll try to post some pix with this blog, but know that the beauty goes far beyond my ability to capture in a photo & with that in mind, consider how wonderful & beautiful you are to God 🙂
For the next several days, I’m going to be visiting South Sudan for Saving Moses. I’m checking out S Sudan because our mission with www.savingmoses.org is to save babies where the need is most urgent & care is least available. South Sudan has only recently become an independent nation after decades of fighting with Sudan for its independence. It is also a place where Joseph Kony & the Lords Resistance Army have continued to commit indescribable atrocities. When a country has this amount of unrest & instability, the babies are often the population that suffer the most destructive results – hence the trips for Saving Moses to South Sudan. Please be sure to stay tuned on this blog, through Facebook & twitter over the next week or so, as I’ll be keeping you posted as much as I can – and of course, please don’t fight the urge to pray for us as well!
I’m with Saving Moses here in Angola where we are providing malnutrition formula every day, 4-6 times a day for
I would love to bring you with me to meet these heroic moms & their lovely babies because you would be deeply touched to hear their stories, to sense their strength & watch their genuine love. Every time I come here I meet new moms & get to catch up with some moms & babies from previous years. Today, we were able to visit with Angelina & her little girl Desorae, as well as Marcella & her son Belito, both families who we have met with for a few years now. Both moms & their kids are pregnant & doing extremely well 🙂
To be really honest with you, these trips are always really hard on my heart (it’s extremely difficult to see babies who are emaciated or bloated because of malnutrition & are frequently inches from death). But I must also say that this trip has been really rewarding because I am also able to see the MASSIVE difference we are able to make every day by providing malnutrition formula. It brings me indescribable fulfillment to know that we are feeding not just today’s babies but also investing in each baby’s potential & future. How could we do anything less?
Today’s pictures: peekaboo, mom Angelina & her daughter Desorae 🙂