weeks comment was written by AWR's English Language Service
Director, Victor Hulbert. The full programme can be heard
in Real Audio on our web-site.
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have to confess, it’s fun working with students, and the couple of
days we spent at Southern
Adventist University reminded me of the talent and initiative that
so fills this world.
a vibrancy and a demand for action, an idealism that we sometimes loose
as we get older.Of course,
there’s the fun side as well – and every time I’m on a US campus I seem to
spend a lot of time with students comparing accents – and telling them
its not American English and British English – It’s American English
and English.Of course, when
they think I come from South Africa or Australia then I really get
worried!It’s fun though,
and we have a great time.
seen the idealism at Southern – and this week I just saw it reflected
in my local church youth group.Two
of my children raised funds to join a group of 17 teens, spending their
Easter break in Romania.They gave up their time to help work with children in an
orphanage.They came back
last Thursday night so excited!Amy’s 14 and she just kept saying, “I’m missing the kids!They’re so cute – and their so happy with so little.”
three years older, is looking for ways to go back, perhaps as early as
this summer.The orphanage
is trying to raise funds to build some more social houses on their 25
acre estate.These are
houses were two “parents” will look after a family of 9 children –
making it more like a home.The
youth here are now looking to raise £10,000 (18,000US$) to pay for one
of those homes.I met a
couple of them in town this morning – they were just so enthusiastic.They’ve seen they can make a difference.
what I liked about Eric Henton’s report of the Mission Expo.It’s representative of the literally thousands of youth, across
the world, volunteering their time to make a difference.Some of them are teaching on remote islands in the south pacific.Some are working in hospitals, some in agricultural projects,
some in orphanages, youth projects, and a whole myriad or ministries
that it would take too long to list here.And it changes lives.I
know – for it did the same for me when, many years back, I took a year
of college to volunteer in Portugal.Volunteering helps other people, but it also helps the
equally why I chose to include JessamynnLand’s report of the
and adults working together to make a difference in their local
doesn’t need to be far from home.– and nor does it need to be limited to youth.I know an 81 year old lady who gets great satisfaction from
visiting a 93 year old blind man, and reading to him for several hours a
week,-- a lady in her
70’s who provides counselling and comfort for victims of crime,-- a middle-aged man
who likes to spend an hour or two at the local police station visiting
prisoners in the police cells.Why
do they do it?
cynic might quote Jesus parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25
– Jesus telling the sheep that they’ve made it into the kingdom
because they fed the hungry and visited the prisoner – and in doing so
did these good deeds to Jesus himself.But a closer reading of the parable points out that the outwardly
righteous felt that doing those deeds was beneath them, whereas the
genuinely righteous got their hands dirty not even realising they were
doing it for Jesus – they did it just for the pleasure of bringing joy
into other peoples lives.
just discovered that my cousin’s husband is a brilliant
sitting in his living room when he said, “Victor, you necks troubling
you isn’t it?”I had to
agree with him.It had been
bothering me for several months.He
whipped me into his consulting room.Five minutes and a couple of painful cracks later, my neck freed
up – and I felt so good.And
so did he.His pleasure came
from seeing me relieved of pain.
always has a positive way of putting it.Here’s Luke 6:31 from the Message translation:
"Here is a simple rule of thumb for behaviour: Ask yourself
what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it
. .and I’m sure that’s
why Paul states that God created us for good works (Eph ) – just for the
pleasure we get – and the joy we can share.
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