Tuesday, February 15, 2011

helping a starfish


I think so often we feel that we are so few.

And they (the orphaned) are so many.

I mean what could one family really do?

We couldn't make any real difference.

Or could we?

Could our difference be the ripple that eventually becomes a wave?

This poem sums it up for me:

The Starfish Poem

Once upon a time there was a wise man
Who used to go the ocean to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking on the beach
Before he began his work.
One day he was walking along the shore,
As he looked down the beach he saw a human
Figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think of someone
Who would dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man
And the young man wasn’t dancing,
But instead he was reaching down to the shore,
Picking up something and very gently
Throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
“Good morning! What are you doing?”
The young man paused, looked up and replied,
“Throwing starfish in the ocean.”
“I guess I should have asked, why
Are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”
“The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”
“But, young man, don’t you realize that there are
Miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it.
You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely.
Then bent down, picked up another starfish
And threw it into the sea,
Past the breaking waves and said -
“It made a difference for that one.”

It does not  matter how BIG the difference is, as long as we make one.

Here is what one family has done for the orphans at their daughter's SWI, Kaifeng:

With the help of their church, they have collected boxes upon boxes of clothes.

I want to challenge each of you to make a difference in Henan this year. Whether it is sponsoring a child, committing to donate money each month, having a garage sale or bake sale to raise money for HKI, or supporting HKI through our various fundraisers.

Don't ever think you are too small.

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