“At least 26 shot and killed, 20 of which are children,” is the headline on ABC news right now. President Obama wipes away his tears as he gives the nation a report of the deadliest day in elementary school history, which occurred today in Newtown, Connecticut. My roommate, a middle school teacher, texting in complete shock saying, “That shooting makes me want to puke. Jesus come back soon.” Facebook explodes with updates asking for prayers for the victims and those affected by this shooting.
The events that happened today are so unbelievable, yet believable at the same time. When tragedies like this happen, I feel as though our nation comes together as a family. We unite in prayer and support for those hurting, as life is instantly put into perspective. Sadly, as the days go on, so do our thoughts. Of course, most will always remember the events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School today, but with time it will be tucked away in our minds and not thought about as much.
One of my primary responsibilities in Inca Link is to effectively communicate who we are, what we do, and why we do the things we do. This is no easy task. Many of you have come down on a short-term team or internship, watched a video on YouTube, read a blog or Facebook post, gone to a Corban concert and heard Rich Brown speak about what all is going on in the lives of those we are ministering to, but still some of you haven’t been affected. This baffles me. I don’t want to give anyone a guilt trip, because I know how easy it is to forget, but my hope is that through all our efforts of communicating the realities, needs, and joys of what God is doing around the world, we will not just remember these things, but let these experiences have an IMPACT on our lives.
Christmas is a great season for us to come together as a nation, as an Inca Link family, and as a body of believers to really STOP and listen to what God has to say to our hearts. Literally…STOP. Stop and take the time to let the faces that we’ve seen, stories we’ve heard, and the missionaries who are serving, IMPACT our lives.
Let’s allow these experiences to IMPACT us, so that we can IMPACT the world for Christ.