Just because I do not have doesn't mean I am in poverty. Poverty is when you have everything in the world and yet you are still lonely, she said with wise eyes.
The trip into the Kibera slums was a tactical experience; an assault on all senses. Smells, sights, touch, sounds, even the taste of the air set my senses on fritz. Overwhelmed by what Americans would consider the worst living conditions imaginable, I couldn't help but feel anesthetized by my surroundings.
While processing with a woman from the area, she discussed our Western idea of poverty and I was floored by the simplicity of her statement. Essentially, true poverty is having it all yet feeling nothing.
I asked the fabulous folks at (in)courage if I could live blog while in Nairobi, Kenya. I thought I'd have organizations to mention and pass along children to sponsor… but we've seen and heard that before.
We become anesthetized to our global surroundings and overwhelmed with what we can do. How can we make a difference? How can we change the world?
One of the poignant occurrences yesterday in the slums was the absence of need. Ironically, no one asked for a shilling, a jacket, or a morsel of food. Conversation and touch was the greatest gift we could give.
We are blessed to live in America. But I'm wrestling with the idea of poverty. Instead of looking at the wide scope of global poverty let's start with our own sphere of influence! Who can you reach in your world who is living in emotional poverty, spiritual poverty, or relational poverty? Give them your time, touch, and maybe even a conversation.
Together we can change the world through the empowering of Christ's love. See the world through His eyes today. Matthew 25:31-46