Kenya: Best Gift Ever

When was the last time you were overjoyed to receive a brand new toothbrush as a gift? This young orphan in Kenya responds with genuine delight. Moments like this are a constant reminder to me of how little we really NEED. We want more. We don’t NEED more. Often, we don’t even realize that by acquiring more, these things become masters of our time and demand we take care of them. Pam Cope, in her excellent book, Jantsen’s Gift, describes how her family changed their lifestyle to be better able to aid children caught in child slavery:

“I’m not saying we lived on ramen noodles and water. We still went out to eat and to see a movie sometimes. My kids still wore clothes and shoes. What changed most was our idea of what was essential to us and what was not. I, like many of us, had bought in to the idea that more was better. But after trying to live simply, I’ve come to believe that’s not the case. More is tiring. Everything you acquire is one more thing to take care of. That decision was one of the most liberating I’ve ever made. There is so much freedom that comes from living within your means.”

Pam is founder and director of Touch a Life, an organization dedicated to helping at-risk children all over the world. Check it out and by all means read her book…very inspiring and one of those nudges that says, “We can all do something.”

(Canon 5D2, 28mm , 1/250 sec, f1.8, ISO800)

Photo ┬ęCopyright Gary S. Chapman 2010

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