When people confront great challenges or needs, they're often intimidated into silence or inaction. They justify this reaction by all sorts of good reasons: "What can I do?" "How much of an impact can I really make?" "Do I have all the information I need?" "Surely someone else better qualified should deal with this." "I've got too many things going on right now."
But there are many other people who ask a different question: "What can I do with what I have?"
Their response: "I'm going to help no matter how small my contribution ends up being." "I'm going to get better informed so I can do more." "There's no time to wait for 'experts'." "I'm busy, but this need is important enough to add to my workload."
These people "err on the side of action." It is true that sometimes when we try to help in a situation, we make mistakes and might even make matters worse. But the heavy price of inaction is usually much more costly than the occasional mistake due to an over-zealous response.
PPF is blessed with so many ministry partners who have started where they are in life, used the gifts and talents God has given them, and done what they can.
For example, one of our treasured supporters is Dan Chesher. He serves on his church's mission board in Ohio. He contacted us desiring to accompany us on an outreach to South Sudan. He said simply, "I want to give a cup of cold water to someone in Jesus' name."
Dan activated his church, raised funds to support PPF's Safe Water program, and flew with a church team to the Jebel Lopit Training Center in South Sudan. Oh, we forgot to mention, Dan is 85-years-old. If you're ever around Toledo, Ohio, and see a car cruising around with "PPF 1" license plates, be sure to wave to Dan.
Recently, we introduced you to Wes Peters, a 16-year-old student who accompanied his dad on a PPF outreach to the war-torn Nuba mountains. The adventure evidently changed his life, because as soon as he returned home, he got active. He created numerous videos about his time in the Nuba and posted them on YouTube, spoke at churches and civic organizations, and organized a run to raise awareness of our work in Sudan.
The list goes on. Carol Hudgins from North Central Florida has hosted three "Walk-for-Water" events to raise funds for PPF’s Safe Water Projects.
Chelsea Peterson spoke about PPF to her church and was invited to speak to several other churches in her community. Marilyn Flynn initially thought she wouldn’t be able to help the persecuted, but she got involved anyway and organized ladies in her church to make bracelets to support PPF's 100 Wells Campaign.
Mt. Tabor High School in North Carolina has a club called STAND, which is a student branch of the Genocide Intervention Network. STAND has raised funds for PPF projects and invited speakers from our organization to speak at an annual event to raise awareness.
Abigail Lashbrook is a young and talented graphic artist, who turned a school assignment into a beautiful donation to help PPF's Save the Nuba campaign.
Terri Mackabee & Ursula Hawkins have both been to Africa with PPF teams. They have spoken at their churches and sponsored a “PPF Table” at their church, Christian concerts, and other church outreaches.
There are so many examples like the above that we could go on and on. The point is that when faced with all the good reasons not to get involved, these people "erred on the side of action."
We can't do everything, and thankfully, no one expects us to. But everyone can do something. Whether our action is accounted great or small, remembering the suffering and persecuted is not only a Christian duty, it's a real joy. Thank you all for your active compassion for the persecuted!
If you would like to Get Active for the Persecuted, please contact our U.S. office at (888) 201-5245.