Thankful…

I’ve been preparing for a talk tonight with a group of young people here in New Zealand.  I’m sharing some stories from this year and the people I’ve met, talking about mission and a little bit about why I do what I do.  I was going back through some images from a couple stories I’m going to talk about tonight and I can’t seem to get past this one.  See, this young girl is from Northern Uganda.  Her entire family was effected by the LRA army.  They were either lost, kidnapped or killed.  She’s 1 of about 20 children that these two incredible sisters look after. Every single one of them are orphans.  The two sisters Penina and Anna’s father, a pastor, was looking after these children when he was killed during the war.  The amount of tragedy and violence she has witnessed in her few years is more than anyone should see in a lifetime.

You know what continues to get me when I look at this photo? It’s not just the tragedy that those incredible eyes have witnessed.  It’s the hope and joy she still has despite it all.

On this day in America we celebrate Thanksgiving.  It’s a day to slow down.  To remember all that we have to be thankful for.  To spend time with family.  Enjoy good company and eat lots of food.  To thank the Lord for his provision in our life. We have much to be thankful for.  Whatever country you are reading this from.  Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not. Pause for a moment and take into account what you are thankful for.

Thank all of you for following along and joining me on this journey and helping me give voice to those who don’t have one.

For more images from Lira, Uganda see here.

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Mike - Well said sir, hope you were able to celebrate with some people there in New Zealand.

Christina - Good post!
Happy Thanksgiving (late) from Kosova!

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