While Stephen & I are in Chiang Mai, we spent today at the Partners office there catching up with other staff members and having meetings. In today’s staff meeting, our leader shared about his recent trip to help with relief in Burma. In the past four months, approximately 100,000 new refugees have arrived in need of food, water, medicine, and sanitation. He described the hopelessness of the situation, as well as the urgency to do whatever we could to bring hope and love.
“We have access to a certain area,
and while we have access,
we have a responsibility to do our best.”
This thought has resonated in my head all morning in relation to our lives and Partners’ work. God has opened doors, whether it be in teaching or sharing stories through our jobs or with the families living across the street. He has granted us access to this wonderful community we know, he has placed us in Mae Sot, and he given us connections for each role that we play within Partners.
And with access comes responsibility.
A responsibility to share hope and bring smiles.
A responsibility to hold crying kiddos and put Band-Aids on cuts.
A responsibility to bring ramen noodles and apples to a family in the hospital.
A responsibility to learn language day after day.
A responsibility to do our best.