I am not a packer, I joke that it should be Dan's job even if he isn't going with me. I make a running mental list in my head while I am counting down the days before I leave. Unfortunately,I can't just pack my head and things will just show up when I get to my final destination. Trust me I would have already know about it.
As much as I hate packing, unpacking is way worse, with the exception of giving out the gifts I purchase for family and friends. I admit have been know to leave my suitcase next to the closet and live out of it for a week or so.
Physically, I guess this is the not so hard part. It is the emotional and spiritual unpacking that leaves me feeling sick to my stomach, without words for days. Where in any ones soul is there a place to unpack the fact that children are living and growing up in a dump, being drugged and trafficed every single day of their lives and young girls have sex up to seven times a day for sixty dollars a month.
Where? There is no such place because it shouldn't be happening. But, the sad truth is, it is happening. A lot.
You can debate if it is matter of culture or econimcs. You can say it is the churches problem, a government(or lack of)problem or a broken religous belief system.
Maybe it is a little bit of everything and layers of complicated all rolled together.
One thing I do know is this:
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
The moral of this story isn't "if" you had been looking or not. The questions is, what are you going to do with what you have found.
1. Families and children who live in the dump with toxic trash, fires, flies and diseases.
2. Renting an entire brothel that fronts as a karaoke bar so we can pray with the girls and hear their stories.
3. Children who sit at the border between Cambodia and Thailand "drugged" begging for money and food every day while there mothers "work".
I would dare to say for myself and for others these suitcases can't sit around unpacked for too long. It has the abilty to harden hearts and make one sick. Or....it has the ability to make a difference in the world as we now have to see it.