In Mark 10, Jesus encounters a man that has earned the nickname “The Rich Young Ruler.” He had devoted himself to following God’s commands, but his idolatry of wealth had a stronghold on his heart. What I find interesting is that, “Jesus looked steadily at him and he was filled with love for him.”
I love everyone. Right? That’s what a good Christian does. We love everyone. But it is not until we stop and look steadily at someone and try to get to know them that we can truly love them. Jesus modeled this for us in Mark 10.
As I show love to people in India and Nepal, I am convinced that it cannot be some general conviction and a financial donation. I need to get to know them. I need to understand them. I need to see them. I have a friend from South Africa that taught me their local greeting, “sawabona,” which means, “I see you.”
Global community is built when we learn about one another. When we listen to each other. When we truly see one another.
Thank you for seeing the people of India and Nepal. The children. The families. The villages. Your support is making a difference in the lives of churches, children and families in India and Nepal, and the love of Jesus is spreading. Please continue to “see” them through our trips, the blog, and correspondence.
Lord, give us the eyes to see one another, to be known, and to love deeply. May your love inform and transform our relationships and fuel a revolution of love and peace in India, Nepal and America. Amen.