Over the course of our travels and many meetings with Feed the Children staff, partners and other NGO leaders there is one question I find myself asking these folks over and over: “Why do you do this work?”
The answers I have gotten from Africans and expats alike have varied but the heart of all of them has come back to calling.
“We are here to serve because we can do nothing else, be nowhere else.”
In fact, a line that was said in our program with the staff last Saturday as part of the litany of blessing for the week ahead was “God has called us to serve.” Drivers were called to serve. Cooks were called to serve. Administrators were called to serve. All staff of Feed the Children, we said together were called to serve.
In my pastoral work, I talk a lot about calling. I preach a lot about calling texts in scriptures. And I even call out the callings in others when I sit with folks in counseling sessions. But somehow hearing about the motivation behind why the many here on the ground here do what they do has made me stop to ponder calling once again.
Calling I believe is more beautiful than I ever imagined. For, as I have observed it and even felt it in my own heart, I have observed calling as a gift. It’s a gift that can ground the right people in the right situations even if these are circumstances that others many call difficult or unimaginable. Calling is God’s way of helping us be in the place where we are blessed by our giving and receiving.
When you have a calling, you can’t say no even when it leads you to feed hungry children in the smelly slums.
When you have a calling, you can’t say no even it leads you to remote villages to love on kids on bumpy roads for long hours.
When you have a calling, you can’t say no even if it wrecks the plans you previously had for your life only one day before.
I am excited to continue to support the work of Feed the Children through Kevin’s calling to be there and thus mine in some way too. I truly consider this time in our lives all the joy. How did I get to be so lucky?