One of the greatest things that made my heart full was the first day we arrived to one of the refugee camps down in Dolo Ado. As it was no surprise, we stuck out like the moon does in the dark night. You would have thought that we were celebrities. But for many of these people we were the first white people they had ever seen. I mean it truly was amazing, the reception we got from the Somali people. They were incredible, and possibly a bit intimidated. The best part was playing soccer with them. There was no balls, no net, no yard markers, no goalies, uneven teams, but we played soccer with this tiny mesh ball that one of the boys had, and they were EASILY AMAZED. It warmed my heart to see how happy they were. Remember, before their arrival they had no food, no clothes, no water, and no home. They had seen all kinds of family and friends die to starvation just on their journey from Somalia to Ethiopia. They had been through it all. And just when things get going at the camps, white people show up and play soccer with them. I am serious when I say that I have never experienced that kind of true joy on their part before. AMAZING.
Here is a picture of me with some of my soccer buddies:
I want to leave you with a question. What amazes you? Seriously answer the question. WHAT AMAZES YOU? Is it your family, friends, job, or you relationship with God? How about Jesus? Think about what he did. That amazes me. We have to be the people who bring the type of joy that I was talking about to the world. As followers of THE WAY, we must bring hope to the world who desperately needs it.