6.23.2009

Powerful Messages


Last week I finished reading "Scared" by Tom Davis. I had posted the video promo for this book a couple weeks back and had been looking forward to reading it. "Scared" is a novel based on the daily life of many of the people of Swaziland, Africa.

Though the book is fiction, Tom was able to weave a powerful message about the real hardships these people face every day. At times I found myself in stunned disbelief that this is happening today and everyday.

I was introduced to Tom's work with Children's Hope Chest in his book, "Red Letters". After reading both of these works, I can honestly say my heart has been stirred in ways I did not anticipate. I've found myself crying in prayer for the many African victims of HIV/AIDS. Honestly, this is a group of people that I gave little thought to prior to the past couple months.

In both books, Tom did a fabulous job of bringing the reality of the reality of the African AIDS crisis home. The stark realities of children raising children, lack of food and funds, and the daily effort required just to survive have moved me. I pray that this compassion would continue to work itself out in real action. I pray that I would not forget.

As I look forward, I do not know what Papa has in store. I do know that He's blessed me with health and resources that far surpass my brothers and sisters on the other side of the world. I believe that He's showing me how and what to give, and I'm doing my best to be obedient to His call.

If you haven't already, please take a look at Tom's organization, Children's Hope Chest. Be open to doing what you can do to make a difference. I'd highly recommend picking up "Scared: A Novel on the Edge of the World" or "Red Letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds". Be prepared to be moved.

Right now I'm reading another of Tom's books, "Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living". I know that Papa's using Tom to speak to my heart in this season of life. As I read, I continue to be challenged. My daily prayer continues...Lead on Papa.