Someone asked about objectives in our relationship with the Central African Republic.

We believe that we are stronger together. We believe that we are poorer without these bilateral relationships. We need them. And they need us.

This country has an average life expectancy of 45. Most are hungry. We live in one of the richest countries in the world.

“But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his brother or sister in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?” -1 John 3:17

We know helping others won’t get us to heaven. It’s not like that. It’s more like, we really love and care about these people. Why? I don’t know. The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Why do people have consciences? Why do some not have them? Why do some have more than others? I can’t answer that question, but I do sense that constant immersion into the gospel of Jesus has reinforced and built up that love over the years. We almost cannot not care. We have to. Come what may.

From a very personal standpoint, seeing Christianity in a different world, stripped of its American cultural trappings, reveals the heart of Christianity. I don’t think I can see Christianity clearly without cross pollination. Our gospel is too enmeshed with our cultural biases. Immersions recalibrate my faith, my vision, my worldview and my materialism.