“Life just isn’t the same in the rest of the world as it is in the US. You’ll find shopping malls, movie theaters, and restaurants in most every place you can travel. But, the differences are there. Sometimes they are subtle, and sometimes they are glaring.
I work with a group of children from a large, local neighborhood on a semi-regular basis. It’s one of my joys. These are beautiful children with the joy of the Lord in their hearts. I just love them.
I must tell you, though. It’s quite shocking to look into a child’s face, and be completely distracted by the lice crawling in their hair. Don’t be judgmental. It’s really not their fault. It’s just the way life is in the neighborhood. My thoughts were sidetracked as I considered getting lice myself, but I was mainly sidetracked because I was thinking that we needed a “spa day” to treat the lice these children have.
But, I had to face a reality check. The entire neighborhood has lice. If we treated the children, they would have lice again in a matter of days or weeks. Everyone in the neighborhood has lice. It’s just reality. And, it can’t really be treated.
Yet again, I had to face another reality check. Lice isn’t the problem in the neighborhood. When I minister to these children, the parents will barely let them out of their sight. They watch over them like hawks. I had to take a second glance at the situation.
Is chronic lice a problem in the neighborhood? Sure, it is. But are you strong enough to know the real problem is in the neighborhood?
One or two children disappear every month from the neighborhood. Yes, one or two children per month are abducted by strangers and made prisoners of sex slavery.
No, their parents don’t sell them.
Every month, children simply disappear from the neighborhood.
I guess you’d say that’s why I’m here. That’s my passion – my purpose. I’m here for the children, and for the mothers and fathers. I’m here because I have the belief that a difference can be made. We can stop the abductions. We can rescue the children.
As Mister Roger’s said, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”
I have to ask the question…”Is it?”
- Kayla Tacy George