I do not know about all of you, but I use more than my share of paper. I would be perfectly happy to use hemp paper if I could help save our planet. Saving four million trees every year would have a huge impact on the health of the environment. And that makes a lot of sense to me.
Educating girls and young women changes their lives. But, we also know that it changes their communities and their entire nations. Educating girls has a powerful and lasting impact on ending the cycle of poverty and hunger.
Wouldn’t our world be a far better place for all our family if we could be consistently working toward such a simple goal? The ripples of grace and justice each of us could create would have an impact far beyond our imagination.
There are no simple solutions to overcoming the growing violence, hatred and bigotry that infects our world. Yet, each of us has the capacity to resist being pulled down into such an ugly inhumane and dangerous mindset.
We are surrounded with opportunities to make a real difference in the world. Every single one of us can reach out and impact someone in need of care and compassion.
Will that end the violence and and hatred in the world. No. But, it will keep us human, And it will change the life of the one we have befriended. And that’s a start.
Tomorrow I will drive down to Raleigh on the first leg of my trip to South Sudan. The afternoon will be spent at the Stop Hunger Now office and gathering last minute supplies for my time in South Sudan.
Then on Wednesday I will meet the rest of the VIM team at RDU to begin our flights. We fly from Raleigh to Atlanta where we will meet the final person on our team. From Atlanta we will fly to Amsterdam where will have about a 4 hour layover before our flight to Entebbe, Uganda.
We will spend one night in Entebbe before catching our flight into Yei, South Sudan. If all goes accord to plan we will arrive in Yei on Friday.
Then the fun begins. Every day the team is in South Sudan has been planned so that we might have the maximum impact. It’s going to be an exciting trip, with the potential to accomplish an amazing amount of solid work that will have huge long-term results.