When you’re leaving to go to the garbage dump, you prepare your mind for what you are going to see. It’s going to be full of trash, it’s going to smell bad, it’s going to be sad to see people living in such destitution.
But what I didn’t prepare my mind for was the hope that I’d see. Maybe that sounds insensitive since I am not the one living in such dire conditions, but track with me for a moment if you can.
If a garbage dump did not sit atop that hill, I think a five-star resort would reside there. The view is unlike any you’ve ever seen–it’s a view people would pay millions for. But many people now would count it worthless because of all the trash that litters that hilltop.
In that moment, my first time on that hill, I felt the Father reminding me that this garbage in which I’m standing is not so different from the trash I sort through in my soul on a daily basis. When I focus on that trash, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sorrows of this world. But, when I lift my eyes a little, I can look past the filth on the ground right in front of me and look ahead to the million-dollar view beyond.
The view that reminds me that even though this world brings trouble and sorrows and tribulation, Jesus has overcome all of that (John 16:33). He not only overcame that for me, but for all of us.
Through our ministry in the garbage dump, we’re inviting people to lift their eyes–to take their focus off the garbage all around them and look forward to the glory that is theirs in Jesus. To grasp onto a hope that may be unseen instead of the trash that is far too easy to see.
Would you pray with us that these friends would encounter that radical hope?
If you want to join us in giving life-giving hope to children and families in the Dominican Republic, we would love to have you partner with us.
Ashley Hughes Director of Partnerships
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