Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Karen and I just finished reading a book that has had a profound effect on us. It is called "The Blue Sweater" by Jacqueline Novogratz and has a picture of a Tanzanian girl on the cover. The subtitle is "Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World" , and it should be required reading for all those who are passionate about helping the "least of these, our brethren". It outlines many mistakes she made (we have made almost all the same ones), but more importantly it highlights the triumphs made by working with just a few local people, one project at a time--just as we are doing. There are parts that are hard to read about the Rwanda genocide and the friends she had there, but it is still a triumph of the spirit. One of the men she learned from told her this, "If you walk only with your compassion, you walk on one leg only. If you walk only with your intellect, you walk on one leg only, but if you move through the world with both intellect and compassion, then you have wisdom." We join you in your prayers for wisdom for all who believe in this mission.