when you satisfy the needs of the oppressed~

isaiah 58.10

 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

i love this verse.

i love that this is the Noonday verse.

i love that this verse has seeped into my heart

i love that this verse has connected to my soul

& challenged me to do something with my life that has eternal value.

 

i’d love to tell you that i volunteer at soup kitchens every thursday

that i’ve traveled to africa & help bandage the wounds of orphans.

i’d love to tell that you that i give 50% of my income away to people living in poverty

or that i’m even kind to my neighbor ( in my culdesac) who’s lack of care for his property drives me nuts.

or do i?

do i dare live in the margin, the adventure of all this

or do i just want to say i’ve done this?

 

but i’m changing.

my world view is changing.

there’s a desire in my heart, that grows daily, to go to africa.

uganda specifically.

i want to see these beautiful people

i want to see the other side of the world He created.

i want to hold an orphan and tell him about Jesus

i want to photograph a widow who now has hope because of a micro-finance loan that’s helped her start her own business.

i want to see the land & smell the smells.

i want my world vision to grow.

i want to see my God in the eyes of another,

my God who loves those without a voice, who sees each of the nameless faceless many that here in america

we seem to forget exist. or better yet, try to act like we don’t know exist.

can i really do anything? can i make a change?

i’m reading Mirror Ball by Matt Redman.  matt shares how mother teresa responds to a cynical journalist who questioned whether she was really doing much good to the mass amounts of those dying in the slums of calcutta, being convinced that our individual lives & efforts do indeed play a part in the large picture of an overwhelming global crisis.

“we ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.

but if that drop was not in the ocean , i think the ocean would be less

because of that missing drop”

mother teresa

 

 

speaking of uganda, here are some of our artisans making paper bead jewelry. ( images used by permission)

look at them! look how beautiful they are!!

jessica, Noonday founder, with the beautiful daughter of one of our artisans

i won’t be a famous activist or find the cure for AIDS

i won’t give away 50% of my income

& i might not even really “like” my neighbor

but i am changing

my heart is changing

i won’t say “i didn’t know there were over 153 million orphans” ever again.

& maybe, just maybe

i’ll get  to africa, and love on some orphans

& sing to them & tell them they have a God who loves them

& He knows their name…..

& maybe i’ll bandage a wound

while i’m there.

& i too , will add another drop in the ocean ….

( former nurse turns photographer & grows a love for the world along her journey…)

(you may click on the top image & it will take you directly to where my bracelet was made.)

September 21, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Rachel R Adams - Paige ~ What a sweet post… and maybe that is because it resonates with my heart. That deep desire to go to Africa, love on the children, share with them our sweet savior… your words are precious. I pray there will be a way for all of us who want to go can do just that….

September 21, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Kerri - beautiful post paige! after reading it, I clicked on your noonday site and my heart quickly picked out the embira bracelet! it really spoke to me tonight and it always looks really cute when you wear it in pictures! happy weekend my friend! XOXO

September 21, 2012 - 10:54 pm

Paige wright - Just love this, and yes I believe you will go to Africa. I have learned when God puts that desire in your heart it just happens. Hence my 2 cuties from China, just sayin:)

September 21, 2012 - 11:08 pm

Renee Ford - I love this!!!! I, too, am in an amazing growing period. I am not the same as I was a year ago. And, I am SO excited to see what He has in store for me. You make me want to be better and I think it’s awesome!!!! Thank you so much for sharing your life. xoxo

September 22, 2012 - 10:47 am

Katelyn Hensley - I love this! I have the exact same passion. My heart is for orphans, specifically in Africa. I would love to go as well someday! I will be praying that you will be able to pursue this dream soon.

September 22, 2012 - 10:54 pm

LLH Designs - I love that you can see that you are changing. I feel the same way, but in different ways. I know God is changing me. Someitmes it’s scary, but as I read your post, I remember that change is good when it’s God doing the changing. We recently received a photo of a woman who we helped go to sewing school. She was radiant and glorious at her sewing machine. She made some of the things for Noonday. So thankful we can help in small ways. xoxo!

September 23, 2012 - 10:57 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Oh Paige… I am so right here with you on this. And that verse… well it’s played a major role in my little family’s life over the past three years. What we are HERE for!! I am deeply in love with that cuff!

Love your heart.

S

September 24, 2012 - 7:06 am

tara - I can’t wait until you go to Africa. 🙂

September 25, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Kristin - Love this. Love how I can see your heart is seeing things differently
and doing something about it.
Honored to call you my friend.

September 27, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Suzanne - You WILL visit Africa.

And how blessed she
will be to host you.

Love that you are
letting your heart lead
you where it wants to
go…..

Hugs my friend!

xo Suzanne