It's not for the faint of heart, it's for those who are not interested in "a Christian spin on the American dream." Rock!
I wrote all of this yesterday morning. I hate long blog posts, but hey whatca gonna do?
So I woke up at 4 am wide awake. I tried to fool my self into thinking I could go back to sleep, but I knew. So lying there in the bed I got the bright idea that I could just get up, get ready, and go to the airport early and try to get on an earlier flight to Atlanta stand-by. I even check online to find out if there was an earlier flight. YES, DL 1991 - EWR - ATL 6:10 AM.
Unfortunately, in the recent years all the airlines have gone to extreme measures to make extra cash. There's no longer "stand-by." Delta said they'd be happy to change my itinerary to the earlier flight for the low-reasonable price of $50. But, I already knew that since I had to spend the night on an international itinerary they were going to make me pay $25 just to check my bag (jerks). So I said no, and here I am sitting in the Newark airport with nothing to do but sit and process my thoughts about this recent trip, and the past 2 months of my life.
It's 5:30 AM and my flight doesn't leave till 8:30. I am actually sitting in the terminal watching all the people on that earlier 6:10 flight board. I'm actually glad I'm getting this time.
So, I'll try to keep it brief.
First, some context, on the trip I read, from cover to cover, Donald Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years." It is great! I won't explain the book here, I'll just say the book had a profound impact on the way I'm looking at every facet of my life. You should read it. It's never too late to start writing a great story with your life.
Now, the trip:
So this trip made my 11th trip with Compassion. I realized on this trip how lucky I really am to get to go on these trips. I am so absolutely honored to be a small apart of what Compassion is doing around the world. I've said it before, but Compassion is the most transforming ministry I have ever heard of.
Compassion projects are like McDonald's fries. No matter where you go, no matter the culture, continent, or country, they're all the same. I was chatting with my buddy Kinsley, and he said it best, "It's really amazing how they are able to duplicate them selves all over the world throughout so many cultures." I think the secret to their success is the fact that they always partner with local churches, and local churches all have the hope found in Jesus in common.
I remember hearing the president of Compassion say, "You'll never out give the poor," and this couldn't be more true. We were in places where the community is having a hard time feeding everybody, and they cooked royal meals for us.
There was a pastor from Wisconsin, Brian, who went to church somewhere in the remote jungle of northern India. His church in Wisconsin is partnering with this church. Anyways, he and his wife were at the service, and they passed the plate around the congregation for the offering. Now these are 50-75 of the poorest of the poor people in the world. There were even some women who gave little sacks of rice, cause they didn't have money to give. You get the picture... So after they offering was over, the pastor of this church invited Brian up front. THEN HE PRESENTED BRIAN WITH THE OFFERING THAT THEY HAD JUST COLLECTED. Brian tried to refuse, then finally the Compassion staff member from India explained that he had to except the gift, because they would insulted if he didn't.
There are hundreds of stories just like that one from this trip, hundreds. Needless to say, everyone who went on the trip came home yesterday with a new understanding of poverty, and a profound love for the work of Compassion.
You could not support a better organization. In case you wanna sponsor.
The last 2 months of my life:
If you didn't know, I no longer work at Student Life. I've been saying for years that if I ever leave SL it would be for one of two reasons: 1) to go to work for Compassion, or 2) to start my own production company.
I got lucky enough to do #2, and by lucky, I mean super-dooper lucky. I've partnered with Jason Wallis, a man I've respected professionally, creatively, and personally since the day I met him.
Now, I'm not one of those people who thinks God will make every decision easy and clear if you'll just trust him completely, but in this case He did just that. In fact, I'd say God made it easy and clear even before I trusted.
I loved my time at SL, and had a blast. It was just time. And when it's time, it's time.
We're called Six Foot Five Productions. We make videos.
Here's the last script I wrote for SL:
Other Important Stuff:
Please keep my mother in your prayers as she is still in the process of getting cancer free. Nonette is her name, and she's the kind, wonderful co-author of my existence. Jerry, is my dad. He smells a bit but has a heart of gold. Love'em.
Well that's all I got for now, it's 7am. What am I going to do with the next hour and a half?
Posted by Taylor at 7:51 PM
So we've arrived safe in Delhi. It was 2am when we left the air port. We had a 30 minute drive to the hotel. The hotel is very nice, especially considering where it it is. Here's a shot from our hotel room:
Also, while flying from ATL to JFK, I reigned victorious at the in flight trivia game. Here's the proof:
I've been thinking alot about India lately. And here are some of the thoughts that just keep popping up in my head.
-40% of the worlds poor live in India.
-India is one of the most "un-reached" countries with the gospel.
-There's a common stat you hear sometimes about poverty, it's that around 26,000 children die every day due to preventable causes. These causes they are unable to "prevent" simply because of a lack of resources. If you do the simple math using my first thought and this one, that means that just over 10,000 children will day TODAY in India due to preventable causes. CHILDREN!!
I'm so proud to get to be a part of what Compassion is doing all over the world, specifically for this trip, in India. Literally, Compassion is everyday, connecting people like you and I who have more than we could ever need, with people who are considered the poorest of the poor. If you don't sponsor with Compassion, I urge you to do so by clicking here. If not with Compassion, it is your absolute duty as a believer in Christ to love the poor. "....whatever you've done unto the least of these, you have also done unto me...." So get to it. Compassion just makes it easy, super easy.
Last year I got to go to Kenya with Compassion, while there I attempted to define the 4 types of poverty on my blog. Here's a link if you're interested.
Have a good day. I'll be back.
Posted by Taylor at 10:16 PM