My Sincere Apologies

Dear African Brother and Sister…

I wanted to write you to express my sincere apologies for your misfortune.

I’m sorry that you slept on the mud floor last night while I lay in my bed. I cant imagine how uncomfortable that must be. I remember when I went camping last spring and my back hurt terribly when I woke up in the morning.

I’m also sorry to hear that the rain is leaking through your roof. Was any of your furniture ruined? You really should repair that leak as soon as possible. I’m sure there is a lot of straw and grass all around? From the pictures I could tell that is what the roof was made from. You are fortunate…we recently had our roof redone and you would not believe the cost of a 30 year shingle these days.

I’m sorry to hear that you have to walk so far to get to town every day. Waking up at 4:30 seems like a terrible inconvenience. I’m up at 5:30 for Pilates 3 days a week and that’s bad enough. Not to mention walking all that way in the African heat. How do you manage?

I’m also so sorry that you lost your job. I’m sure that this makes things even harder for you and your family. But I would guess that just gives you more time to work on your own fields, right?

How is the job market over there anyway? Things are very difficult here too. I have a cousin who lost his job and has been searching for several months now. Its such a shame to see them living off of food stamps, and I believe they are selling one of their cars just to get by. Do you guys have food stamps over there? Its probably better if you don’t, cause there are way too many people milking the system over here.

I’m sorry that your family doesn’t have enough food to eat this month. I hear the drought is pretty bad this year -again – and that you likely wont be able to produce enough crops to get you through the dry season. I feel really bad. It must be terribly hard for you. When I fasted last year for a full day I remember how hard it was to focus at work. All I could think about was when I could have my next meal…so I can only imagine how hard it must be for you.

I’m sorry to hear that your child has fallen ill. How terrible that you cant afford medicine for her. Cant you just take her to a local hospital? Is there not one nearby? My boys had a terrible case of the flu last week and it was just a nightmare. I had to take off work that day. But I’m sure Malaria must be much worse.

I’m dreadfully sorry to hear that you aren’t able to send your kids to school anymore. Its just criminal that the government doesn’t provide free school for everyone. I’m sure you will pull through though. 🙂 It was really difficult for us to make a decision about schooling here too. We just couldn’t bare to send our kids to the public schools and be exposed to all this garbage about Darwin. Thank goodness for the private Christian schools. You should try writing the local officials about your dissatisfaction.

Oh, and I nearly forgot…

I’m so sorry to hear about your recent loss. I’ve never lost anyone that close to me, so losing a brother must be just terrible. I’m so sorry. If I recall he was sick with HIV? What a shame. Its such a pity that so few people over there understand how deadly promiscuity can be. I read in the Digest recently that there are very effective medications available now for people who are….you know…HIV Positive. I can send you the article if you would like.

All in all, I truly am extremely sorry to hear of all of your terrible circumstances. It’s completely unfair and I feel extremely bad for you guys over there. I’m not sure why God allows so much suffering and hardship in the world. It really makes me wonder sometimes….

I’m also sorry that we cant be of more help. We really would like to do more, and perhaps one day when we have enough saved up we can. Right now is just tough, with the economy being slower, and with all the business of day to day life. Our retirement savings took a huge hit again last month. You know, we haven’t had a vacation in months, and with the stress of our lifestyles its so hard to stay balanced. You know how it goes….

But we are praying for you, and we think of you all the time. We are constantly asking God to help provide a way for you guys to be blessed and know the fullness of his grace. You are precious to Him, and don’t forget that he assured us that he loves us more than the sparrows and the lilies.

Yours in Christ…

American Evangelical

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead…..James 2: 14-17 

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?…..1 John 3:16-17

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