Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Trip Questions

I don't know if you have seen this video of Sam Welten, the executive director of Possibilities International, over on the PI web site. I thought that it was worth rebroadcasting here....

Sam does an incredible job at answering many of the questions that we are asked daily.... I can even think of a few more. Sam touches on an interesting point.... Often those who ask the questions are not the ones that DO or GO or even support.... As in the question of "Are we not better to just send money ...not people ?" This is a point that I speak on as often as I have opportunity..... Throwing money at a problem is NOT an Answer... it will simply turn into a big pit to through more money.... We need to through people ... By throwing people, we are able to bring that HOPE and Dignity that we so often talk about.... In this Video, Sam is talking about one very small, but incredibly powerful part of what PI does. and un like me, he is able to hold it together and not start crying... or at least not on camera... ... If you are on Dial up, it is worth finding a high speed connection and watching...
Like ourselves, if you ever have the opportunity to take an orphan shopping , or just spend some individual one on one time with them, you will be forever changed... Your life will have a new meaning and a new outlook. That's what happened to Hanna, that is what happens to our mystery traveler, and that is what is going to happen to some of you when you travel with us through this blog over the next couple of months.... I will tell you what I am going to do... I will select one of the kids, we will introduce them have them tell you a little about there story, then we will keep the camera rolling when we go shopping with them, and spend the day pouring into their lives..... am not a documentation or anything, but I know you are going to be moved.


Anonymous said...

Well done Sammy,
For the benefit of many yet to be part of this great adventure, I thank you.
Kinda weird though with you so quiet and sitting still. LOL
Be loved and blessed today!
♥ E, J, & R

Anonymous said...

Great questions, great answers, but as Sam says, all those questions and many more are answered by being there just one day. To see the hope restored in a young 14 year old boy when a farm load of animals was delivered to his fatherless home was priceless. That day I saw with my own eyes a 14 year old boy become a man all too soon, but a boy that was always prepared for the task to be the man of his house, that day the rains came so that he could be all that God needed him to be. Turat will never leave my heart, his dedication to his family, his commitment to show what God can do to those that have hope and have faith. A life lesson that I use everyday since.
Another lesson that I learnt that day is to be a father or a mother for few days to just one of these orphans is a choice we make. I thank God for PI that make that choice a reality.
I'll never be the same again.

My daughter Hannah (16) is going again in a few weeks with my heros the Wrights. Some have asked how we could allow her to miss a week of school, I tell them they need to go, then they will understand that two weeks in the mission field will provide more than a years worth of education that she could ever receive at school. She has learnt that God's vision is something you catch in the field, not at an altar. We are to not just be just saved but transformed.

Dan :)