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I see two models of living. The first is, for yourself – to satisfy your own desires. The second is to give your life away to help others who are in need. Most people choose the first. Here is a group of six 20-somethings who chose the latter.   Why did they do it? In Kenya a great inj…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

I see two models of living. The first is, for yourself – to satisfy your own desires. The second is to give your life away to help others who are in need. Most people choose the first. Here is a group of six 20-somethings who chose the latter.
 
Why did they do it? In Kenya a great injustice took place during the last elections. People rioted and burned down the slums in response. The government moved the families who had lost their homes to the Rift Valley – a great expanse of arid land. The families have no water, no electricity, no jobs, and little food. They need help.
 
Seeing their need, these six young people decided to raise money and go help them by living with them for at least the next two years.
 
They don’t know where exactly they will live or how it will all work.
 
But they raised money to drill some wells to start.
 
Their plane touches down at the Nairobi airport today.
 
I’ve given my life to raise up young people like this who will give their lives away. The next group of six arrives in a month in Cambodia to rescue young girls from the horror of the sex trade.
 
I think they are heroes and am working overtime to help send them. Their lives challenge us: Why not give a couple of years to help address an injustice that is breaking God’s heart?
 
What are you giving your life to? 

Comments (4)

  • Jesus indicated the importance of offering even one cup of water to someone in need as being significant…every believer has the ability to touch someone in some way to further the love of the Father and power of the Gospel.

    Thank you for your blog and to those who feel they “cannot” do or that they do only a “little”….you are blessed when you do a “little” and remember that we worship the God who CAN!

  • Our lives are not our own, we have been bought with a price.

    I have been a stay at home mom for over 25 years, and given my life to my family. I am entering into a new season, where I have more time to give. To give more of myself, to the calling God has on my life in this new season.

    I want to be poured out as a living sacrifice for Jesus. I want to give me life to things eternal. I want to give my life to the Kingdom of God, where He goes I want to go, what He does I want to do. Seeking the Lord on what that looks like.
    Thanks for all you do Seth, for the Kingdom.

    “That the Lamb may receive His reward, through me”

  • After a lengthy excursion this morning on the net through this world/culture: from an article on China’s unbridled rape of not only its country (increasingly turning the continent into a dust bowl) but Africa and South America, to the piece about the purported 78% of young people today participating in hook-ups – casual sexual encounters with no commitment – I landed on your blog.

    Another “arid” and unjust situation and it is young people who are committing their lives to do something. Wow.
    Thank you for bringing us this story and others like it that are salt and light and a clear counterpoint to this world.

    To answer your last question: I have been investing in young people, too, in the last seven years of operating my boarding house in Oregon. My influence has been small and I have only touched a few compared to the many you have invested in, but I pray for God’s multiplication of each and every seed I have sown with love and abandon. There is nothing on earth like investing in young people. Nothing. Without doubt, the biggest blessing of my life after a)Christ and b)my own two children.

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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