Monday, April 18, 2011

Taking action

Hi guys! I'm Angi and you can check out my blog here. Not only is Nate a friend of mine, but we have the awesome opportunity of serving God together by doing college ministry. I hang out in Denver with Austin and Laura where we get to reach out to over 40,000 students! I love love love my job!

Amber, Me, and Jessica at our weekly meeting
One of the greatest parts about my job (if you can even call it that!) is hanging out with a bunch of awesome college students every week at our weekly meeting. We have a live worship band, a sweet talk, and lots of fun time to just hang out.

Worship Band
Last week, I gave a talk about taking action on injustice with interactive stations where the students could actually do something! The idea came from one of our students after being a part of Passion 2011 and seeing the Do Something Now Center.

Writing letters to orphans
God's word is so clear on how we should act towards injustices. He clearly tells us to do something! To move and take action, not to just sit idly by. Micah 6:8 says "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"

Jeremiah 22:3, Proverbs 31:9, Isaiah 1:17; Psalm 68:5; Psalm 82:3-4; and James 1:27 are just a few instances where God tells us to ACT!

In Laura's video post she talked about a survey of people, taken at the age 95, that shows three things they wish they would have done. They wish they would have risked more, reflected more and done more things that out lived them.

Giving to the Mercy House

If you want to be a part of doing something that out lives you, take action on injustice! An injustice is simply anything that wrongs another person. Some injustices that are close to my heart:

  • There are an estimated 143 million orphans in the world. 143,000,000 orphans standing shoulder to shoulder will go around the 10,913 mile perimeter of the USA nearly 4 times; they would reach around the earth over 2 times; you could fill Michigan University’s stadium 1,330 times
  • More than 1 Billion people in the world live on less than $1 a day. Many of these people suffer from hunger. 
  • 15,000 children a day die from a 100% preventable cause. (Hunger and Malnutrition)
  • Human trafficking and modern day slavery. There are more slaves now than have ever existed in the world. Even more than the Trans-Atlantic slave trade when slavery was legal.
  • Abortion - 3500 to 4000 people killed every day in the US. 
God tells us to take action. He tells us to love the weak, poor and needy. He even goes so far as to tell us that whatever we do to the least of these we're actually doing to Him! (Mt 25

Reading about World Vision
So how are we going to respond? Remember those interactive stations I was telling you about? Our students wrote letters to orphans, helped send their friends to Cambodia on a summer mission trip to work with victims of sex trafficking, donated to a crisis pregnancy center, helped a family in poverty by buying them a goat, prayed for missionaries all over the world, donated to help pregnant women in Kenya and committed to praying for specific children until they are adopted. 

What are you doing to take action on injustice?

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