My wife, Jacey, and I support iEmpathize with great joy. As followers of Jesus, we know we are part of a story much bigger than ourselves. A story where God’s love, compassion, hope, grace, and justice are at the center of everything we do. One thing we hope and pray is that we never find ourselves pursuing a comfortable life here on this earth; unaware of those around us who are brokenhearted, lost, abandoned, “the least of these” as Jesus put it.
Something we ask God is to break out hearts for what breaks His – and this is not always an easy thing to do. Many times I don’t want to feel the emotion, the pain, the sorrow, and the heartache of what happens to others in this world. It’s much easier to look the other way and go on with my middle-class American life where the hardest part of my day may be getting stuck in traffic on my way home from work. We are human and by nature we don’t like to feel pain and heartache, especially if it’s not our own and we don’t have to.
Yet we know that this is a story not about us. If we aren’t living a life where our emotions aren’t in tune with others and we don’t feel their hurt, our lives don’t have much meaning. So when I hear about these children who are being exploited, abused, and trafficked, it absolutely breaks my heart and I know I can’t just stand by and look the other way. iEmpathize provides us with an opportunity to join with them in the fight for these children against injustice. We can engage in the mission and play a role in a story much bigger than ourselves.
We receive “thank you” notes from iEmpathize for our support and it’s nice to know they appreciate it. But when I think about that, it’s kind of backwards. We should be the ones writing them a “thank you” note for giving us a way to have a role in this most noble and worthy story. They are the ones working hard every day to eradicate child exploitation and the role I play is a very minor one. Yet it is one I am so grateful for. So, from the bottom of our hearts, a sincere “thank you” to the iEmpathize team for what you do for these dear children. For being their voice in this world and bringing justice to their lives.