Reflection

Reflection

Tim Brown - Executive Director

These past few weeks have been among the most gratifying (and exhausting!) I have spent in ministry. In the midst of it all, I've had opportunity to reflect. Why Kids Alive? What magic drew me into the messy business of compassion ministry?

I remember my first trip to Africa best. I was partway through my undergrad when a friend convinced me to join him on a six-week trip to Uganda's Ssese Islands. We were serving in fishing camps where as much as 80 percent of the adult population was infected by HIV.

One night, I remember praying in the bottom of a wooden canoe - looking into a resplendent African sky. All I could see was the face of a beautiful little girl I had met earlier in the day. Four or five years old, she was born with a cleft palate. I couldn’t imagine her getting surgery. I couldn’t imagine a bright future for her in a place where three out of four women were involved in the sex trade.

Over the years it's become clear; there are many Ssese islands in this world. Places that are undeniably broken as a result of sin. Where people face uncertain - or certainly dismal - prospects in life.

A century ago, C.H. Spurgeon preached that God has called the Christian to be "salt in the midst of putrefaction—light in the midst of darkness—life in the midst of death.

“The Church is the world’s hope!" He said. "As Christ is the hope of the Church, so the Church is the hope of the world." His bottom line: God, in his foolishness, elected broken men and women to be his hands and feet.

That night in the canoe, my thoughts drifted back to the life I knew. I could use my gifts and abilities to serve myself. But oh, the opportunities to serve God in this place! There was no turning back.

I would give anything to sit down with that precious Ugandan child to hear her story. Today she would be 14 or 15 years old. My hope is that she would have opportunity to grow in relationship with her heavenly father - the father who sent his only son so that, in the words of my favourite author, "death itself would start working backwards.”

God is active today, even in the Sseses of this world. Be encouraged, and take a moment to check out some of the stories below. 

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