Recently Seth Godin posted an entry on his blog that really got to the crux of what I have been thinking about lately as I consider what our family is becoming. In the post he talks about the contrast community builders can get stuck in (crisis, cash and cliffs) as opposed to the real beautiful work of connection, commitment and conversation.
Kristine and I since 2008 I’ve been on 4 trips to Asia where I was able to exercise my love for connection, community and storytelling. And now as a family we are seeing a much more colorful and exciting storyline emerge.
It is often hard to get across that this is not about one place or one trip. We’ve felt led to build something way beyond ourselves. We want to change the world. Our kids want to change the world.
Since I was very young, news of tragedies and human suffering around the world ate at me more than it seemed to for others around me. Be it the killing fields in Cambodia or stories told by Alexander Solzhenitsyn of the horrible prisons in Siberia, I wanted to do something to help these people. But like many I had no idea I had everything in me to make that change. I was created with these desires and everything to fulfill them.
Kristine, from a young age, has always had a heart for helping those who can not help themselves. The poor, the abandoned and the orphaned. She didn’t know that she would find herself an orphan at 24, but through it, her heart has grown even more passionate to help the helpless.
Our kids are just now beginning to see those passions to help others emerge, and they are beautiful, optimistic and pure.
So you see, this all fits together. Thailand, China, the American West, and now Rwanda. It all is part of the same plan, map, journey. In between travels we are growing, learning, equipping. And often the plan changes because we only have the next day’s itinerary.