Who is a World Changer? Who Gets to Decide?
Written by: Ruthann Rutherford
I recently went to Eswatini, formally known as Swaziland, with a group of girls who were determined to be world changers. When I asked them what they thought it looked like to be a world changer, they described a scene of epic portions, of rescuing orphans and fighting for widows. When we arrived in Nsoko they were filled with the romantic ideas of what it looks like to serve the poor and truly make a difference in a nation. What they were confronted with was the rude reality that world changing is a daily commitment. It is hard sacrifices and cold showers. It’s walking 4 miles just to water a grandma’s garden and holding a dirty child that has been unloved. It’s putting the cause above your own desires and needs and believing that a change can really be made.
That's me in the middle with the brown jacket.
We spent a month living at a care point that was run by the organizations Adventures in Missions and Hope Chests. They provided a feeding program that fed nearby children one meal a day. The long term missionaries there provided leadership training to the local Swazi people, so that they could have ownership and responsibility while caring for their reviving community. We saw one family and countless supporters that dedicated their lives to transforming a nation. They showed how their efforts had affected countless generations of Swazi people. Walking to the care points each day with my team it became evident that we were part of a much bigger organism; one which many people had impacted and their ripple was still being felt.
Kids we got to know at the care point.
For a brief moment our team got to become a part of this community’s life. We saw the struggle of the kids who walked miles to school each day and had to bare the burden of fending for themselves at an early age of two. We saw the pain that polygamy causes as multiple wives to one husband have to raise their children in the same home. Then showed the sadness of the grandmas whose kids abandoned them in their old age to live in a hut alone. We were brought into the raw parts of this inner circle of life and were invited to make a difference. We served food, held children, and listen to stories. As small as it may seem we made an impact, because that is what a world changer does. They go to the remote places to find the lost, the forgotten, and marginalized and they do whatever they can to make a difference.
How Will You Make a Difference?
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