Sunday, June 27, 2010

Do it Anyway

This last season has been a difficult one for us. It is hard to see such destruction in a country we love so much. We have been trying to get our heads around it all as I am sure so many others are. So much does not make sense to us. At the same time, we are always facing off with those who are quick to say, " You have no business being their in the first place, " or " What are you doing bringing your family into a place like that. "
There a couple things that I really want to emphasise here... The first is what for me is the smaller reasoning, or supporting argument if you will... Kyrgyzstan is the last hold out of Democracy in Central Asia. The Government their struggles constantly to keep it that way. As such, they are very important allies to us in the war against Terrorism, no one is arguing the importance of maintaining a bass there. I guess the argument comes down to how we help Kyrgyzstan itself. Many feel that the aid should be delivered on a government to government level. This works well to keep favor with the government of the day, but as we have seen with the last regime, it does little to bring hope to the people themselves... I feel that now more then ever we need to be providing aid on a person to person level.. What we are seeing unfold right now is evidence of a people that have been in a place of desperation for too long.. They have no hope in a future, and their past has been full of sorrow and disappointment... It is easy to see how they could be stirred up to a place or irrational thought .
The work in Kyrgyzstan has gone far beyond a few groups of do gooders there to " make a difference" , but I believe that in the weeks and months ahead, it is going to be those small grass routs organizations that are going to be able to bring stability to the region. There are a couple ways to do this, one is with guns and more violence, and the other is to restore hope and dignity... I choose the latter.
The other reason we will forge ahead is one that others may have a harder time understanding.. It is because that is what we are to do. We have known for a long time now that we are to return at this time. Long before there were any major political problems and long before the riots..we knew that we were to go.. All along, we knew in our spirits that there was a time of turmoil coming. We knew that we were on a schedule that was not in our control. I shared in the spring how we have felt all along that one of the reasons that we are in KG is to help to get the NGO's , both national and Internationale's working together. We felt that a time would come where they would need to work together... I believe that time is now.
Everyone we work with now is mobilizing , and sending teams to the south to deliver humanitarian aid... Many that we love dearly, and consider them as family, are preparing to head south... We have our first relief convoy leaving in two days, with Talant in the lead. Sergey and Anya have a group ready to pull out the next week , and I know of several others on the move. They have one thing in mind right now and that is to restore hope and dignity to the region. We all know that with hundreds of thousands of refugees and homeless , this is not going to be over in a couple weeks... this is going to be a long process.
This is not something that we can run from, it is something that we need to run to. We are called there for a time such as this, and this is the time that we are called for .
We need your help, and with match week starting in a few days, now is our opportunity to get budgets met, and get on with the task at hand. please help us get back to our friends .
We heard this song today, and I liked the lyrics and thought you might appreciate them.
You can spend your whole life buildin'
Something from nothin'
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway

You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway

God is great
But sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

This world's gone crazy
It's hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway

You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
In a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway

God is great
But sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
Yeah - I do it anyway

You can pour your soul out singing
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yea, sing it anyway
Yeah, yeah!

I sing
I dream
I love

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Amen :)