Gift Guide 2012/2013
Merriam Webster defines the word ‘Contrast’ as “the degree of difference between the lightest and darkest parts of a picture.” Recently, I was again struck by the vivid reality that the scope of this definition rings true, not simply in photography, but most vividly, in life as well. Eurovangelism traverses this light and dark in Eastern Europe.
Most recently, in an Eastern European country, we found ourselves in a very poor village. The children played in the mud where the pigs cooled themselves; the only water supply mere feet away. The smiling, unclothed children were caked with dirt, their skin, scorched by the rays of an oppressive sun with little-to-no shelter to retreat to. Just a few short hours later, we found ourselves present with a different set of children. These children were well dressed and safely out of the sun. They were clean, dry and cooled by the Mall's air conditioning. The disparity could not be greater. As we walked in silence, I thought to myself how easily it would be to forget. The Psalmist has summed it up well, "the needy shall not always be forgotten, the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever (Psalm 9:18)." Why? Because of God’s amazing love.
It is our prayer here at Eurovangelism that this 2012-2013 Gift Guide will help us all to remember the great need in Eastern Europe and Russia. Won't you help us meet some of these needs? It does not take much, whether it is a pair of shoes, firewood or providing health care for a village, it costs so little to help so many.
May our Lord bless you as you help bring light in an often forgotten acre of the mission field.