Lately, before turning the lights off and going to sleep, I have been reading Lawrence Kushner’s Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians. It’s a fantastic book with interesting insights and perspectives – and each chapter is usually 2 or 3 pages in length.
One of the chapters that I have read and re-read over the past week or so is titled “Repairing the World.” Kushner asserts that we live in a broken world (need proof? – take a look around)… and that when we fight with each other, or have pantries full of food and yet allow others to starve, or allow systems of oppression to continue, or _________ … that we allow the world to remain shattered. “We live in a cosmic heap of broken pieces, and God cannot repair it alone” (60).
It’s a strange thought for many of us that God cannot repair it alone, isn’t it? We don’t like to think that God cannot do anything. Yet Kushner argues that God needs us to partner with him for the repairing of the world. “Jewish spirituality is eminently practical, even behaviorist: When you see something that is broken, fix it. When you find something that is lost, return it. When you see something that needs to be done, do it. In that way, you will take care of your world and repair creation” (61).
The ministry I work with – Young Life’s Developing Global Leaders (DGL) – is taking care of our world and repairing creation. (I do actually believe this). We are helping kids in 46 countries around the world get a college education, leadership training, and a mentoring relationship. These kids are going on to be Jesus-centered leaders in their own countries… leaders in education, business, science, medicine, ministry, etc. …in places like Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.
Lives are being changed. Communities and countries are being transformed.
And I get to be an integral part of it.
Would you like to be a part of it?
I fundraise a portion of my salary – that way the money we raise for students can actually go to students. I am attempting to raise $800/month. Would you consider supporting me with $25/month? Or maybe even $50/month? (I have a donor willing to match any monthly donations I receive!).
Better yet – would you be willing to talk to me on the phone about my position and the DGL? (Even if you are unable to give anything).
Please, let me know. (Seriously).