Jeff over at the Dallas Morning News religion blog points out this article from a reporter who has been covering the crisis in Darfur for more than four years. Among the things she writes are these words:
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – An elderly Darfuri woman stood in front of the charred remains of her house. She tapped me on my shoulder and held out a wizened hand full of seeds.
“How am I supposed to eat this?” she pleaded.
Totally humbled, I was speechless, unsure how to help.
Now her face haunts my nightmares.
It will be five years on Tuesday since war broke out in Darfur, since rebels seized a town and prompted a Sudanese counter-insurgency reckoned by foreign experts to have killed 200,000 people and driven 2.5 million from their homes.
I have been writing on Darfur for 4 1/2 years.
More than ever, I am wondering how much difference my reporting can make.
Despite the world’s largest aid operation and global media attention, people are still dying, foreign peacekeepers have not been fully deployed and the woman in my nightmares cannot eat.
While Jeff rightly links to the story in an effort to raise awareness about Darfur in hopes of changing the situation, it struck me in a different way. I couldn’t help but think of the ministers out there who may be feeling the same way. How many Christians are serving long days and nights, only to feel they are making little difference?
If that’s you, I want to encourage you tonight. You aren’t alone. People around the globe are praying for you on a regular basis. I’m praying for you as I write this post. God has strengthened and will strengthen you in what He has called you to do. He already is working through you to change people’s lives. All He asks of you is that you remain faithful.
Tonight, Dr. Wade said something that still is sticking with me that seems to fit nicely in this vein. Let me share that in closing tonight. Tuesday, we’ll post as much as we can during the Executive Board meeting.
“All God asks of us is we give Him what we have for the time He needs it.”