Please read this and watch the video below. It’s about 7 minutes long but this excellent video [from my recent trip to South Africa w/ Peter Ahn] will give you a glimpse of what I’m talking about when I’m speaking of Privilege and Opportunities:
Over the years, I’ve been developing a deeper understanding of ‘privilege.’ God loves us such that He gave us free will and the amazing privilege to make choices and decisions. Hopefully, choices to Love God and Love People.
You and I are privileged because we have the capacity to dream, create, and pursue opportunities. While we have the tendency to wallow on occassions in our lackings, we are truly privileged.
But sadly, there are many without that human dignity – that capacity for decisions and opportunities; Or their circumstances are so dire that they have to choose one human essential for another. An example would be a young child or teenager forsaking the privilege and necessity of education to be able to watch her young siblings because his or her parents have died or because they have to walk hours in order to fetch water for their families.
Our dream for the global poverty initiative is to work with people that are not giving handouts but creating opportunities. Opportunities for jobs, education, health, families, and on and on and on. Hand outs can be dangerous as it creates a cycle of dependency but opportunities creates capacity for dignity, sustainability, and empowerment.
And that leads me to this question I am humbled by:
How are you and I – locally and globally – creating opportunities for others?
One of my friends, Peter Ahn, is one example of a broken misift and visionary who gets it. He understands the power and impact of creating opportunities for others who don’t have those opportunities. He was the one – knowing my personal vision for extreme global poverty – that connected me with an anonymous donor in New York and then personally hosted me in South Africa. He took a couple other folks to visit and experience his deep partnership with a smaller NGO called Zimele Community in South Africa. Do me a favor and check out both Peter’s blog and Zimele. I was so impressed with Zimele that our poverty initiative have asked them to apply for a grant to fund one of their projects.
And if you’re reading this via a feeder, you can watch the video HERE.