AIDs: our response

I was half way through college before I realized that not everybody had the same opportunities that I did.

I was working at a summer camp where the leader had us play a simulation.  The simulation was simple. Take a step forward if the statement applied to you.  Stay put if it doesn’t.

I remember the first statement. “Take a step forward if your family had multiple book shelves.”  I took a step forward.

Take a step forward if your family had a cabin.  My immediate family didn’t have a cabin, but my grandparents did and we went there almost every weekend during the summer.  Take a step forward if your father went to college.  My father went to North Dakota State University.  Take a step forward if you mother went to college.  My mom went to Moorehead State University.  Take a step forward if your family had a computer.  My family had a LOT of computers.

By the end of the experiment I was at the very front, looking back at all of my friends.  In the conversation that followed, I realized that I have been given a lot.  I have great priviledge.

As you think about your own life, how many times would you have stepped forward?  What privileges have you been given?

Some of you are like me.  It was always assumed that you would go to college and you have been given a lot.  Some of you worked really hard to get to where you are today. The very fact that you are in college means you are part of the 1% of the worlds population with a higher education.

In Luke 12, Jesus tells a story and finishes by saying “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”

We’ve been given much!

Over the past week the InterVarsity group at Bemidji State hosted a campaign to raise awareness about children in Africa who have been orphaned by AIDs.  1 in 20 children in sub-saharan Africa have been orphaned by AIDs.  We have been given a lot.  Why did we host the event?  We believe that it is a spiritual issue.

As we are transformed by Jesus, we begin to experience his forgiveness in our lives.  When we experience that we naturally begin to overflow with love towards others.  When we do that,  we can begin to change the world.

So what can we do?  World Vision offers several ideas:  Join their ACT:S network and get involved in raising awareness. Sponsor a HopeChild.  Build a Caregiver kit. Contact your congress representative. Be creative, how can you help others?

What are you doing to change the world?

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