Breakfast with Betty
I slept well last night. I’m so happy for that. Yesterday, I was so tired that I felt I might fall asleep standing up. So I’m grateful to God for a good night of rest and the sense that my body is normalizing.
As I served myself at the breakfast buffet, another hotel guest said hello and we struck up a conversation. Betty is from Kampala, though she grew up in western Uganda. She was trained as a midwife. Through her nursing experience, she became connected with I.O.M., the International Organization for Migration. Her job is helping to resettle refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”). Her husband and four sons are back in the city, and she says they cope well with the travel schedule required by her job.
I was moved as she described the struggles of taking people who have abandoned every possession and fled to a place of refuge outside their homeland. I think that, like extreme poverty, it may be possible to sympathize with the refugee, but impossible to empathize. How does one put himself into the shoes of someone who is not only starting over, but doing so in a strange land? No wonder God requires His people to show kindness to strangers.
Betty is a sincere Christian. She said that she often has opportunity to remind people that even when they have nothing left of the material world, God desires for them to be well spiritually. In some ways, I thought, that makes our jobs similar. And, of course, in other ways that makes our jobs polar opposites, since my ministry falls more naturally into the realm of 1 Tim. 6:17-19: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
I pray for God’s rich blessings upon Betty, her family, and her important work.