Through Gordon’s Eyes…

Two guys were on this trip to Liberia with me.  David Vineyard is our staff leader for our church planting effort there and Gordon Barker is one of our elders.  I want you to hear from all of us, so here are Gordon’s initial reflections.  I love how he lets God work through him…

When I was first asked to consider going to Liberia I was hesitant.  For someone who’s international travel experience included Canada and 3 hours in Tijuana, I figured 10 days in Liberia might not be the best way to break in to overseas travel.  After doing the normal pros and cons thinking, three things made me decide to go.  The chance to help chart the path for the Jesus Mission in Liberia, the chance to make my own personal world a lot bigger, and the opportunity to take an adventure with one of my best friends, Greg.  In hindsight I am very glad I went.

From the moment you get off the plane in Monrovia you know that you are a long way from home.  The regular terminal is burned out from the war and men are scrambling around you to carry your bags for tips.  On the ride from the airport you see poverty like you haven’t seen before.  For me, for the first few days all I noticed were the differences:  the people don’t look the same, speak the same, eat the same foods, have our comforts, these along with hundreds of other differences in their daily lives from yours and mine. (They definitely don’t drive the same or shake hands the same, you’ll have to ask someone who has been there for the inside scoop on these.)

But after I got over the newness of everything and started to talk to people I began to realize that in the more important things in life we are much more the same than we are different.  We all want and need love in our lives, we all want to provide for our families, to see our kids grow up healthy and happy, and to have the freedom to pursue our dreams.

Finally, after some reflection, I realized that in the most important thing we are exactly the same.  We are all searching for meaning in our lives.  Meaning that can only be found in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

My world got a lot bigger and a lot smaller all at the same time.

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~ by Greg Lee on September 3, 2010.

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