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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Changing the World

From the Blogspot Journey to the Pearl of Africa  (

Natalie Corder: "Living life on purpose. My motto. Living a life of worship. My goal. Following Jesus with all my heart. My first priority. I invite you to join me on my adventures. Thank you for visiting this blog and I pray you are blessed, encouraged and inspired."

"I am blessed to know you and whenever I am with you I feel happy and I feel a mother's love around me and also when I am with you I feel my sadness is taken away. You make me to forget all the bad situation I passed in and all the suffering I passed in. You have a mother's love. Truly you have touched my heart."

Wow. This must have been written to some super-missionary. To someone amazing. Well, no. Actually this was written to a very normal girl with no special skills or qualifications. I know. Because this is part of a letter pushed into my hand the last day I was at Hope Children's Home in Uganda. The girl who wrote this had become one of my dearest friends. Betty and I spent hours together, talking, laughing, playing tag. We prayed for each other when we were sick. We sang songs. We talked about our hopes and dreams. Every day when it was time for me to leave Hope, I would give her a hug and a kiss and she would whisper, "Sweet dreams. I love you." I knew Betty's story, how she and her 4 siblings were locked in their mud hut by their parents and left to die. When I was still in America, never having met Betty, I would wonder how someone like me could help her. I was not a counselor. I had never gone to school to learn how to help someone overcome such pain and suffering. What could I do? But after getting to know Betty, I didn't see her as a child far away across the world who needed help. She was my friend. And I did the most simple and normal thing - I loved my friend. Little did I know that by simply loving her, I helped heal her pain. Without being a counselor, without having a college degree, without being a super-missionary - just being me and giving love, God worked in Betty's life. I am so humbled that God would give me the honor or touching this precious girl's life.

I tell this story because if God can use me, I know He can use you. And He wants to. Are you willing to touch a life? It doesn't take any special skills or training. You don't have to have a college degree. You don't have to be a super-missionary. You don't even have to be the perfect Christian. God isn't looking for perfection. He's looking for someone willing to love. Are you willing?

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