Seconds later, the doorbell rings.
Spark never moves. In fact, she’s already gone back to sleep. Not exactly the guard-dog type.
I answer the door in time to see the Fed-Ex guy drive away. Relieved, I pick up the package he left behind and text my husband: Your Visa just arrived.
Jeff leaves for Asia in a few days, and he needs the Visa. It’s his third trip in as many years, and every time he travels, I wish I could go with him. But we’ve got three kids, two dogs, and a house to care for. So I help pack his suitcase, thankful for Skype.
I love what my husband does.
Besides working as an accountant Monday through Friday at his “regular job,” Jeff also spends several hours each week overseeing the financial accounts for a nonprofit organization that helps kids in Asia go to school — kids who would otherwise not have a chance to receive an education.
I long to hug these kids and play jump rope with them and watch them write their letters. From my computer, I see their faces and read their stories, and I wonder what I can do.
There’s must be something.
As a writer and teacher, I devote a fair portion of my time to the world of words. But words alone will never fill the stomach of a hungry child. Words must be met with action. Except I don’t know how to build houses or give vaccinations.
I’m not sure I have much to offer.
I could edit an essay perhaps. I’m sure that would be helpful.
Despite my own ineptitude, this call to action continues to rise from within, and it reverberates every time I hear another story — a story of someone else’s sacrifice and service.
At the university where I teach, I have the privilege of hearing incredible speakers every week. They talk about the issues facing our world and the ways their college-age listeners can get involved.
From the back row of the auditorium, I absorb each guest speaker’s message and ask myself the same thing. What can I do?
The same call to serve echoes in every part of my life. At home. At work. At church. But I feel like my dog Spark. I lift up my head just long enough to acknowledge the existence of another reality. Then I go back to sleep, dreaming of the day I can actually do something.
But I don’t want to resign myself to the slumbering sidelines. Surely I don’t need to board airplanes and cross continents to do “real Kingdom work.” There must be something. Here. Now. That a minivan-driving mom can do.
I want more than a two-dimensional faith.
I want to live my faith in 3-D, where my actions give gravity to my words.
I want to engage with a hurting world.
I want the same Grace and Truth that’s transformed my life to penetrate the darkest shadows of suffering. But where to begin? I’m not lacking for inspiration. Just direction.
How can I fight human trafficking? Or global poverty? Or endemic homelessness?
The answers lie only in the willingness to begin and the readiness to join those who are already tackling these same questions. Men and women have been responding to these issues for years, but with the interconnectedness that marks this century, new avenues of possibility offer new hope for change.
Three such people have joined together with the goal of encouraging believers to become activists in doing good deeds. In Activist Faith, Dillon Burroughs and Daniel Darling and Dan King look to everyday citizens to become agents in activating good around the globe. They address key issues affecting every part of the world: modern-day slavery, poverty, disaster response, homelessness, war, orphan care, and more.
But they do more than just talk about these issues. They provide actionable steps at the end of each chapter with resources available for further study.
Dillon, Daniel, and Dan exemplify 3-D faith and encourage readers to act. Activist Faith is an invitation with a compass. It’s an invitation to live our faith in 3-D by matching our words with actions. And it’s a compass to guide us toward helpful tools and resources.
If you’re like me, and something inside you yearns to do something more but you’re not sure where to begin, I recommend Activist Faith. It’s a thoughtful, reasoned approach to the overwhelming odds opposing this generation today.
How do you intentionally live your faith in 3-D?
For more information about the Activist Faith Movement, visit www.activistfaith.org.
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