The Simple Things

Today was a good day. We were given the opportunity to spend our last day at the actual Compassion Project today where we spent the first half of the day just having relational time with the kids — jump-rope, games, candy, soccer, pictures. It was a blast!

After a quick lunch, we broke off into two groups where each group visited two homes of children being sponsored through Compassion. If the poverty hadn’t hit us yet, I’m sure this experience served as a humbling one for each team member. I’ll plan to share more tomorrow about some of my thoughts, but it was heartbreaking to see some of the conditions that they live in. We were able to bless them with a small gift (food, rice, etc) and, in turn, they were the ones who showed us the meaning of gratefulness to God for/in all things.

Today was a FULL day!

As I’ve served alongside of these ten students this week, I’ve learned one things more than anything: our students have a passion to serve.

This new generation of students has a passion to see God’s name lifted high among all nations, all people, all over the world. And, probably more than anything else, they can do this in the simplest of ways.

After being given the unique opportunity and responsibility to serve alongside Compassion International this week, we have spent hours and hours with children in their Child Development Program. We have talked, cried, and bonded with children, teenagers and adults. Each one has a unique and special story that is worth hearing. And, in turn, each student has pointedly invested love into each child’s life by serving, playing, hugging, and listening. It’s the simple things, right?

And each student with us this week has shown me over and over that they have a focused desire to passionately extend God’s love to every corner of the earth. If not Haiti, then in their schools. If not overseas, then neighborhoods. They have learned that faith is active and in pursuit of something Greater. They have resolved to make His name famous regardless of the location!

As the ‘senior’ of the group (I even had to tell one student to not call me “Mr.” on Day:One!) I am able to take a step back and smile… and see a generation of students serving others, giving of themselves, and literally living out lives of compassion and hope.

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What ‘simple things’ are you doing to invest in the lives of those around you?

8 Comments

  • Moe

    April 5, 2012

    That’s it man. Young people don’t want to be entertained or “join” a group, they have energy that wants to be put in action. They want to serve. I love that you have taken the initiative to be part of this team and lead them to a place outside of their comfort zones. Surely their mind is occupied in providing energy, help and truth to those less fortunate.

    Investing in the life of others is the core principle of discipleship. What Jesus did and expects us to do. Hard? yes! Needed? Absolutely!

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    • Dustin

      April 26, 2012

      Needed… absolutely. Great thoughts, moe!

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  • arny

    April 5, 2012

    Love it Dustin…keep going unto all the world…just as He demanded!

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  • Joseph

    April 5, 2012

    I use to be on of those people who said that I would never go on a missions trip, it wasn’t for me. In the past two years God has really worked on me in that area. It’s something I plan to do now. It’s something I want to do now.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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    • Dustin

      April 26, 2012

      definitely! look into it and just “go”. you will be blessed!

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  • Adam

    April 6, 2012

    Been following your trip. Great work man! Wheni think of simple rings for those around me I think of my wife and especially my son. I think of how important just being present for him on a daily basis is. Not just being present but really being present in the fact that they get my undivivded attention when I am with him. No work, no tv, not phone.

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    • Dustin

      April 26, 2012

      thanks Adam – being present is so huge and something i need to remind myself of all the time.

      Reply

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