by Dale Russell
It’s sad that in a world of billions, people can still feel isolated and alone. Been there? How do you find ways to overcome that?
Ever thought about the loneliness of a prisoner? NO, I mean really consider it? How about the heavy hopelessness of poverty in Africa? Add to that the thoughts of a child who lost parents AND hope. How do you find ways to change this? How do you find common experiences between the two?
As we visit prisoners and orphans, we always say we will bring proof they made a difference and proof they are world changers. Now, they are actually saying it and believing it possible. What if they both choose to celebrate who they have become and grow into the powerful person God meant for them to be?
The Ripple Effect Between Inmates and Orphans
The recent trip of the Visions of Hope Team to Otino Waa Children’s Village allowed us to be multiple stones tossed into the world’s pond. The ripple effects are amazing. The whole concept goes beyond what seems reasonable and becomes a priceless experience.
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what God wants.
Sometimes all it takes to brighten up someone’s day is a smile or kind word, the little glint in the eye, curve of a lip, nod of a head, wave of a hand — such minuscule movements have huge ripple effects. How do you make this possible? Three steps;
- Grab a camera, go into a prison and capture comments from inmates.
- Go to Uganda, show the video comments to Otino Waa kids and capture their comments.
- Take these comments back into the prison.
What you are about to see is the common ground shared by inmates and orphans. A quick edit finds seven things their conversations have in common. Within those interactions are things we can learn. Consider the love expressed, biblical wisdom and joy conveyed. These powerful things have obviously overcome loneliness and hopelessness. You can hear it and see it.
NOTE: AIC = Adult in Custody OTW= Otino Waa
We must all make the choice between what is right and what is easy. Easy would have been to ignore both sides of the world. Easier and far cheaper. What is right is to be confident in your instructions (Psalms 68:5-6) and realize YOU have been created to make a difference.
You have the power to be a world changer.
You are needed. We would love to do this together. HERE’S WHERE YOU START