In the last blog I gave some thoughts and statistics that are really staggering, heartbreaking, and shocking. Several people responded and most said what most say. They were outraged, irritated, and frustrated, then went on to say, someone has to do something. What can we do?
A few years ago, when I became aware of the sex trade, and the unyielding problems that come with hiv/aids internationally the effects of war, and poverty, and the lack in underdeveloped nations, it profoundly effected me. I always knew about these problems, but you can know, and not really “know.” I knew mentally, but had never seen it for myself, and I have to say its way to easy for us as Americans to bury our head in the sand and just deny what goes on around the world, and even in the impoverished areas of our own nation. People think if they just ignore it, it doesn’t exist, but when i took my first trip to Cambodia there was no denying the travesty that exists, and no ignoring the roaring voice in my mind that yelled, “DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!”
My mind realed, i was thinking about all the problems. starvation, poverty, disease, war, children being orphaned, the sex trade, and so much more, and for a moment i just became overwhelmed. I was thinking, this is horrible but what can I do? I mean, really what can I do? Then I adopted a new thought. “I can’t do everything, but I can do something, but what I will never do, is nothing!”
So we have been doing something. You can read in previous blogs some of the things we are doing, and in future blogs what we are going to do, but I want to give you some thoughts, on how to do something.
Whether local, regional, national, or global you can do something.
1. make up your mind you will do something. Something, meaning anything that you have the power to do. Many people do nothing because they think if they can’t do something huge it wont make a difference. The truth is most of what is making a difference in the world today are things that started by someone saying, i will do what i can, and just grew from there.
2. Wake yourself up, and those around you up to the need, and take responsibility for it. If everyone is thinking someone else will do it, then no one will. It takes all of us doing what we can, when we can, where we can, to effect a change.
3. Brainstorm what you can do. Don’t think that the answer to everything is merely money. We have lots of resources that are based on talents, and time, and not just treasure. Yes it takes money but you can do things that make a difference that don’t cost a lot. Its at least a place to start, and remember our resources go a lot further in the third world than they do here.
4. Become a partner. Nothing significant will ever be done on any level without partners. We need each other. Others need you and you need them. We all bring something different and good to the table, and working together gets more done than trying everything on our own. We are developing partners all over the world.
5. Make people aware. I used to think awareness efforts were a waste of time. I would say, people need to quit talking and start doing something about it. Then I realized that with our ability to ignore things awareness is very important. To do what we do we need financial partners and we have learned that people are motivated by getting a revelation of what is really happening, rather then us just saying we need help. People need to know that little girls and boys are being sold and bought for sexual perversion. People need to know that people have no medical care, or no education, or no hope because of corruption or poverty. When we make people aware it incites a riot on the inside of them, it turns their world upside down and demands action.
6. Don’t get frustrated when people aren’t as motivated as you about these needs. It takes time and your frustration will only negatively effect you and put an edge on you that will repel people not attract them to help you.
So those are some things I think about. Just remember you can do something. So do it.