Wednesday, February 12, 2014

the killing

the picture seen here is of the varsity rhinos leading a soccer clinic in the area of santa faz in one of the most dangerous areas of guatemala city.

there, through a special ministry called "life of hope", we were invited to come in and spend a day teaching soccer skills and sharing the gospel with the kids in the neighborhood.

so many things i could blog about here...  from how impressively the rhinos led, served, and loved on the kids...  to all of the special people we met who are serving selflessly in this dangerous, gang-infested area.

but what stood out to me the most were the few conversations i had with various children who lived in this community.  at different times throughout the day, i asked the kids the same question: 

what is the most difficult part about living here?

every single one of them answered the same: "the killing."

the answer stunned me.  apparently in this little community, gang violence is rampant.  not only gang members killing other gang members, but also initiation practices that call for the killing of innocent people.  as a member of this community, you learn to live with the fact that you are risking your life every single day.

strangely enough, the next day my dad sent me an email that included the world's murder statistics, which if you sort by city, ranks guatemala city #2 in the world.

no real angle with this blog.  just been thinking about how fragile life is.  and amazed at how those kids talked about violence and murder so casually.  its just part of normal life to them.

life is fragile.  each one of ours will be over before we know it.  we should make the most of it.  we are all called to use our resources, talents, time, and health in order to serve others.

it not only makes the world a better place, but its exactly what Jesus will be referring to when he asks us all, "what did you do for me?"

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